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Hiking in covid-19 times
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: 23.12.2020
Planning your hike
Avoid well-known hiking areas to minimize contact with other hikers. Activities for leisure sport are allowed for groups of a maximum of 5 people (guide included).
Always stay on the marked trails.
Restaurants remain closed since 22 December. Individual cantons may decide on relaxations as long as the epidemiological situation allows. Check before traveling!
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 have been allowed to operate since June 6, 2020. Since 29.10., 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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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