Great news for hikers: Lion’s Head summit reopens

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South African National Parks (SANParks) announced that the Lions Head summit situated within the Table Mountain National Park (TMNP) will reopen on 9 September 2020.
The following protocols have been put in place:
• Rangers will be positioned at various entry points to check that users are compliant with Covid-19 regulations stipulated by the National Coronavirus Command Council.
• Limitations of user numbers may be imposed at the sergeant ranger’s discretion.
• Maintain social distancing by at least 1.5m at all times.
• Hikers accessing the summit must wear their masks at all times. No mask, no entry.
• Hikers are to sanitise their hands before and after making use of the staples/ladder and or chain area of Lions Head.
• Picnicking and gathering in social groups are not allowed.
Hikers need to adhere to the regulations imposed by the NCCC and SANParks to avoid possible re-closure of the iconic summit.
HIKING SAFETY TIPS
DON’T HIKE ALONE
While maintaining a physical and social distance, please ensure you’re two or three people hiking together. Don’t split up—rather take the pace of the slowest member.
BE PREPARED
Take enough water (at least a 1.5L bottle or two per person) and wear sunblock, proper hiking shoes, and a hat. Check that the weather is hike-friendly the night before and take a warm jacket for mountain hikes as conditions can change rapidly.
TELL SOMEBODY AND PLAN AHEAD
Always inform someone of your intended route and your expected time of return. Check a map of your hike before setting off so you are sure where you need to go. Always take the well-trodden path and look out for small painted footprints or piles of rocks (Cairns) to verify you’re on the right track.
KNOW WHAT TO DO IN AN EMERGENCY
In the event of injury or other serious trouble stay in one place and find shelter. Do not move the injured person unless they are in a dangerous position. Do not leave the injured person alone—if possible send two people for help, while one person stays behind. Make a detailed note of where the injured person is, and look out for landmarks to navigate back to the spot.
In the event of snakebite, immobilise the person and lay them flat on their back. Do not give them food or water. Get help and keep the victim very calm—shock and adrenaline is a major factor in the progression of snake bite symptoms.  In the event of contact with the blister bush (a plant resembling common celery) cover the area from sunlight to avoid skin irritations and the eruption of blisters.
BE RESPONSIBLE
Please don’t litter, feed any animals, or disturb the wildlife on your hike. Be considerate of others and don’t play loud music. Smoking or lighting any kind of fire endangers the area and should be avoided.
EMERGENCY NUMBERS
Emergencies: +27 (0)21 480 7700
Table Mountain National Park: +27 (0)21 957 4700
Wilderness Search and Rescue: +27 (0)21 937 0300

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