Coronavirus Meet Guidelines

The DMC is now able to organise limited meets following the current coronavirus guidelines. Everyone must follow the Mountaineering Scotland Coronavirus guidelines. Ensure you’re familiar with them, especially if you want to organise an informal meet. This includes day meets, runs, climbing, etc. Consider installing the Protect Scotland app.

Simon Li is the club COVID officer, and can be contacted by email The club secretary Greg Cox is also on this address as a backup.

Do not attend a meet if you have recently had any COVID symptoms or may have been in contact with someone with COVID

Do not attend a meet if you can answer yes to any of the following questions in the past 14 days

  1. Do you have or have had a high temperature?
  2. Do you have or have you had a new, continuous cough?
  3. Do you have or have you had a loss or change to your sense of smell or taste?
  4. Are any of your household symptomatic of COVID-19 or have any of them been?
  5. Are any of your household self-isolating or have any of them been?
  6. To the best of your knowledge have you been in close contact with anyone else who is symptomatic of COVID-19?

Rule of 6

Up to 6 people from 2 households can meet up as part of Scottish government guidelines. Everyone should adhere to social distancing rules and practice good hygiene. These can be organised using the usual club channels, but be prepared to turn away people if more than 6 people or 2 households are interested.

Club activities with more than 2 households or 6 people

The DMC is permitted to organise larger meets in line with guidance from its governing body, Mountaineering Scotland. This is a privilege, and it’s important that everyone follows the guidelines from the Scottish Government and Mountaineering Scotland, and does their best to prevent the spread of Coronavirus.

All club activities including informal ones must have a designated organiser who will be the acting COVID officer for that activity. They must:

  • Complete a written COVID risk assessment in advance of the activity and share it with the club COVID officer.
  • Maintain a list of all attendees with phone numbers, with the date and time of the activity, and pass it to the club COVID officer as soon as possible. This list will be stored securely for 21 days and forwarded to NHS Test and Protect if requested.
  • Ensure everyone is aware of the Mountaineering Scotland Coronavirus guidelines.

Informal exercise and leisure activities can be organised through the club forum, WhatsApp group, etc, for up to 5 households and maximum 15 people.

Formal club activities can take place with more than 5 households and up to 30 people. These will normally be managed via the club meets sign-up system, unless an exemption is made. If you want to organise an activity with more than 5 households or 15 members please talk to the Run DMC committee.

Note the DMC will not pass on information to members about anyone with suspected or confirmed COVID-19. This will only be done by NHS contact tracers, but you are of course free to voluntarily inform others yourself.

Multi-day meets

Current Mountaineering Scotland guidelines do not cover overnight group meets. These guidelines will be reviewed when more information is available.