As the world continues to reel in the plague of the Novel Coronavirus COVID-19, The British Mountaineering Council has issued an update on guidance.
Ther BMC were quick to announce that all of their events scheduled throughout March and April have been either postponed or canceled. Most club huts and BMC huts have also been closed, and have issued guidance notes for all clubs with huts, which you can read here and here.
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The advice they have issued for hill walkers and climbers isn't to stop heading outside entirely. Instead, they have advised that you should stick to familiar areas where you're less likely to become lost and to only partake in "Low-risk activities". They have also advised that the Mountain Rescue cover may be limited, or non-existent during this pandemic.
However, working closely with The National Trust, Forestry England, Ordnance Survey, Natural England, The Outdoor Industries Association and the Association of British Climbing Walls, the BMC have actively promoted the continuity of outdoor recreation - so long as it is low-risk. This comes owing to both the physical and mental benefits of being outdoors. So, as long as you stay 1.5m away from anyone else, you're still free to explore!
This advice comes only days after The National Trust announced that they would "where possible, open as many of its gardens and parks for free, but close its houses, cafes and shops to help the nation fight the spread of the coronavirus." Read more about that here.