News 2020


Title:  Northern Ireland COVID-19 Restrictions update
Date:  12/12/2020

Recent changes to the COVID-19 restrictions in Northern Ireland have allowed the resumption of hillwalking and rock-climbing (outdoors) as a group of up to fifteen people.

The incidence of COVID-19 transmission remains high, all participants should do all they can to reduce the risk of transmission as much as possible.

  • Avoid carpooling unless between family members or existing “bubbles”.
  • Avoid typically busy areas.
  • Maintain physical distance before, during and after activity.
  • Avoid the sharing of equipment.
  • Carry and use a facemask and hand sanitiser as appropriate.
  • For contact tracing purposes keep a record of participants.

Mountaineering Ireland recommends a maximum group size of ten people. This smaller group size is a long-standing recommendation of Mountaineering Ireland. A smaller group size will help to reduce parking problems, make group management easier, reduce the overall impact of the group and all in all help make the activity safer and more enjoyable for all involved. 

In addition to the advice above regarding COVID-19 the following should always be considered by hillwalkers and climbers:

  • Park sensibly, do not obstruct residents, local farmers, or emergency services.
  • Plan your activity appropriately for your fitness levels, weather conditions etc. 
  • Carry clothing and equipment appropriate for the time of year and changeable weather conditions.

In line with the current level of restrictions outdoor providers and leaders are permitted to operate in Northern Ireland.

Indoor climbing walls are permitted to open.

For further information please click on the following link for the Mountaineering Ireland’s COVID-19 Advice for Hillwalkers and Climbers document.


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