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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: 22.6.2020

Planning your hike

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

Always stay on the marked trails.

Please note that chairlifts, gondolas and other mountain transportation haven been permitted to operate since 6 June 2020. Check before traveling!

Restaurants have been permitted to open since 11 may, but some may remain closed. Check before traveling!

Mountain huts have been permitted to open since 11 may, but some may remain closed. 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

Maintain 1,5 meters distance from other people in public transportation. If this is not possible, it is recommended you wear a face mask.

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.

Groups of more than 30 people are permitted again from 22 June 2020.

The distance of 1,5 meters must also be maintained while hiking. If you cannot guarantee this, it is recommended to 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, it is recommended to 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

Various European countries are (soon) opening their borders. This will make cross-border hiking possible again. 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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