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The latest updates and guidance for hiking on the Shin-etsu Trail safely during the COVID-19 pandemic

In response to the spread of the new coronavirus throughout world, the Shin-etsu Trail Club asks all hikers who hike the trail to cooperate in infection prevention measures.
We apologize for the inconvenience, but in order to minimize the risk of infection to hikers and local residents, we ask that you please observe the following guidelines when trekking the Shinetsu Trail.

Request to all hikers
Please refrain from hiking when the national or local government has declared a state of emergency or taken equivalent measures to prevent infection, and when you are required by the national government or local government to refrain from traveling across prefectural borders.
Please do not trek if you have symptoms such as fever, cough, chills, sore throat, etc.
When accessing to the trailheads of the trail, avoid crowded or heavily trafficked routes and modes of transportation whenever possible.
Always wear a mask and maintain the necessary distance when interacting with people in towns along the trail.
When hiking, please keep a distance of at least 2.0m from others.
It is preferable to wear a mask while hiking, if possible, but this is not necessary if the environment allows for sufficient social distance.
In public areas, such as when taking a break, please keep a distance of at least 2.0m and wear a mask.

Nagano Prefectural Mountain Entry Alert
Nagano Prefecture has issued a “Mountain Entry Alert” to prevent the spread of the new coronavirus. Please refer to this page and plan your hike accordingly.

Nagano Prefecture has issued an advisory for entering the mountains (Nagano Prefecture HP)

Dispatch of Registered Guides
For the time being, the guide ratio of Shin-etsu Trail Club registered guides will be reduced from 10 to 8 in order to avoid three-density on the trails and to provide guidance based on infection prevention measures.
Please follow our guides in compliance with the infection prevention guidelines.

The mountain area where the Shin-etsu Trail locates has long been a place of daily life for local residents, and this trail is made possible by the understanding and cooperation of them.
We hope that you will continue to enjoy your hiking on the Shin-etsu Trail and your stay in the Shinetsu area, keeping in mind the importance of taking care of other hikers and local residents, and working to prevent infection.

We appreciate your understanding and cooperation.

Hiroshi Kimura, Representative Director
May 4, 2021
NPO Shin-etsu Trail Club