Constrained Physical Distancing Locations
PPE is necessary when physical distancing of two (2) meters or physical barriers cannot be maintained. In the case of belays, summits or other areas of constriction:
When encountering other parties, respectfully communicate with them in the agreement that all parties will maintain physical distancing and/or don proper masks during the time of passage between the groups.
Limit the amount of time spent on a summit or belay station when other parties are present, and coordinate with the other group to maintain the appropriate social distancing requirements, including all parties wearing and using PPE.
Limit the exposure on narrow alpine routes / multi-pitch climbs with other parties by choosing routes that allow for appropriate distancing on belays, or use masks and sanitize your hands before and after the period when you will be in close contact.
Make transitions efficient and safe.
Maintain social distancing while at rest stops and meal locations. Ensure that food and beverages are not passed from person to person, except among cohort / household members.