News 2021

Title:  COVID-19 Update - Republic of Ireland
Date:  30/04/2021

The announcement of the imminent easing of COVID-19 restrictions by An Taoiseach Michael Martin on Thursday 29th of April will be welcomed by hillwalkers and climbers throughout the Republic of Ireland.

It feels like we have been walking through low cloud, mist and fog, for the past few months. Slogging uphill through boggy ground with no end on sight. All of a sudden the sky has cleared and an elegant ridge has appeared from the mist. Our horizons have been reopened and the route ahead looks great!

The latest announcement on the easing of restrictions effectively allows for a full resumption of hillwalking and climbing activities for individuals and clubs throughout the Republic Ireland.

The key changes to the restrictions coming into effect on the 10th of May and their implication for hillwalkers and climbers are as follows: 

Travel Inter-county travel can resume You can now travel beyond your county to go hillwalking and climbing.
Hillwalking & rock-climbing Maximum of 3 households or 6 people from any number of households Outside of an organised club setting, hillwalking and climbing can take place in a group of people from a maximum of 3 households or up to 6 people from any number of households. This limit of 6 does not include their children aged 12 or younger.
Organised  activity outdoors Maximum 15 people

In an organised club setting with COVID-19 controls in place, hillwalking and climbing can take place in groups of up to 15.

Organised outdoor activity i.e organised walks and climbs with qualified professional leaders guiding clients are also permitted. The maximum group size is 15. COVID-19 controls must be in place.

Climbing walls Remain closed Climbing walls along with gyms reopen on the 7th of June for individual training.

For further information and guidance on how to stay safe please go to the COVID-19 information page: COVID-19 Information



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