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Hiking in covid-19 times

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Tips for hikers

Being outside, feeling free, experiencing nature… All this will help you relax in the circumstances we are living. Please follow our tips for a safe hike. Thank you for being a responsible and conscientious hiker.

Photo: Severin Nowacki

Latest update: 1.3.2021

Planning your hike

Avoid well-known hiking areas to minimize contact with other hikers.

A maximum of 15 people may take part in outdoor meetings with friends and family. Activities for leisure sport are allowed for groups of a maximum of 15 people (guide included). It is recommended to wear a mask. If the minimum distance of 1.5 meters cannot be maintained, a mask must be worn. Indoors, the limit is still five people.

Always stay on the marked trails.

Restaurants remain closed. Take-away food and delivery services are permitted. 

Mountain huts have been permitted to open since 11 May, and some may remain open in winter. Face masks are required. Check before traveling!

Chairlifts, gondolas and other mountain transportation are allowed to operate. Masks are also mandatory in the outdoor area of mountain transportation services. Check before traveling!

Use maps and hiking literature to inform yourself about the degree of difficulty, distances, altitude differences and walking times of your hike. Remember to calculate enough buffer time. There may be delays associated with queues, irregular schedules, etc.

Inform yourself about any special situation in the canton you are planning to hike before you set off.

If you feel ill, stay at home.

What to pack

The usual: rain protection, sun protection, spare clothes, topographical hiking maps, mobile phone with emergency numbers, pocketknife, food and drinks, first-aid kit, personal medication

Face mask

Disinfectant (washing your hands is not always possible on the trail)

Getting there and getting home

Face masks are compulsory on all public transport, including mountain rail and cableways and including stations and platforms.

It is required to wear a mask in publicly accessible establishments and indoor spaces, as well as in busy pedestrian zones and whenever it is not possible to keep your distance.

If you drive, you can use the filter in our hiking suggestion to select a circuit that ends where you start.

Safety on the trail

Maintaining a distance is easy while hiking. Photo: Raja Läubli

Do not shake hands with your hiking buddies.

The distance of 1,5 meters must also be maintained while hiking. If you cannot guarantee this you must wear a mask. You do not need to wear a mask when crossing others on a narrow trail, as the contact in this situation is very short.

Sneeze and cough in the crook of your arm.

Wash your hands whenever possible. Please do not wash your hands with soap in natural water courses and do not wash them in animal drinking troughs!

If you cannot wash your hands, alternatively you can use a disinfectant.

Pasture gates must be closed again after opening and passing. Use your sleeves or a handkerchief for this.

Taking breaks

Keep a safe distance also during your break. Photo: Severin Nowacki

The recommended distance of 1,5 meters must also be maintained during breaks. If you cannot guarantee this, you must wear a mask.

Do not share your food and drinks with others.

As always, pack your trash, especially paper tissues, and take it back with you in a closed container. This also applies, of course, if you relieve yourself during the hike. Wash and/or disinfect your hands after.

At the end of your hike

Wash your hands if possible. If you cannot wash your hands, use a disinfectant as an alternative.

Cross-border hiking

The European Ramblers' Association has collected on its website up-to-date information on guidelines and restrictions from each country that has opened its borders to one or more other countries.

www.era-ewv-ferp.org

More information

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