Leave No Trace Covid-19 Update

Responsible Use of the Outdoors During Covid-19  Tuesday May 5th 2020 Update for the Republic of Ireland

We’re all missing the great outdoors. Hiking mountains, mountain biking, boating. The experiences that connect us with nature. Whatever your choice of recreation is, it’s been put on hold for a while now, and for good reason: to save lives and stop the spread of COVID-19. When we move to easing restrictions, we’ll be able to participate in nature more and do those activities that we love.

The Taoiseach has announced 2 changes to the restrictions put in place to protect us all from the spread of Covid-19 that came into effect Tuesday 5 May.

The changes are that:

  • people can travel up to 5 kilometres from their home to exercise
  • those who are cocooning can leave their homes for exercise so long as they avoid all contact with other people

Only by working together can we slow the spread of Covid-19 so it is vital that all of us follow these guidelines at this time.

We know you’re eager to get out there (we are, too!), and when we do, it will be vital that you travel safely, and look after yourself and others when outdoors. That means continuing with 2 metre social distancing, ensuring contact tracing, staying home if you’re unwell, washing your hands, and coughing into your elbow.

Guidance around specific activities is coming; we’re working to find out the details around how people can use public facilities in line with the Health Service  guidelines, and we will share as soon as we can from Northern Ireland and Ireland.

Please stay safe and be mindful of the safety of others.