Pandemic Hiking

These Pandemic Hiking notes are a proposal at the moment.

This is subject to review by the hiking club executive. Feel free to email me, and/or leave comments on our Facebook page.

At of August 2021, Toronto is in what it describes as Step 3 of the Province's Roadmap to Reopen. We would love to resume hiking. We don't want to come down with COVID‑19, or infect anyone else with it.

In a pandemic, the hiking itself is fairly safe. We are outdoors, not in small enclosed spaces. There is no problem keeping distance between hikers, out on the trails. Our biggest safety problem is car pooling. We have the additional problem of contact tracing, in case a hiker comes down with COVID‑19.

We now are looking into fall hiking.

HPHC Pandemic Carpooling Protocol

It is assumed here that people can get together, but that we must wear masks, and we must try to maintain social distancing. Almost certainly, we will restrict numbers.

  1. Hikers must be fully vaccinated for COVID‑19.
  2. Hikes will be announced on MeetUp and posted on here on our website.
  3. Click on our link to book your hike on Eventbrite. Eventbrite gives us a manageable log of people who book our hikes. We need hiker's real names, phone numbers, and email addresses. There is no need for members to create Eventbrite accounts.
  4. Wear masks while carpooling.
  5. At the trailhead, the hike leader will take attendance and ensure that hiker's names, phone numbers and email addresses are logged. Hikers must register for the event.
  6. We hike, maintaining the proper COVID‑distance. Maybe someone can bring a 2m stick for reference!
  7. Bars now are open, so those who are interested can stop for drinks and some food. We will strongly prefer patios.

Masks are not necessary for hiking, since we can keep our distance.

Are You Infected?

See the self-assessment on toronto.com.