Monthly Cycles Covid Page

This page covers: 

  • Background information and general guidance 
  • What participants should do on the day of our Monthly Cycles events 
  • Information about: correctly putting on and removing masks; correct hand-washing
  • Information for ‘at-risk’ groups 

The information on this page should not be considered definitive or complete. We advise everyone to refer to government guidelines (here) and HSE advice (here) at all times. 

Government guidance published on 29 April 2021 can be read here.


The government of Ireland has announced its plan for the country to emerge from lockdown restrictions starting in May 2021. At the same time, the message remains to continue to protect yourself and others by following public health advice.

The Covid-19 virus is highly contagious and debilitating, and has been fatal for so many. The virus is airborne, and highly transmissable variants have been detected in Ireland.

Therefore, please continue to wear a face covering outside of your home, maintain social distance, and maintain hand hygeine.

New government guidance

Under the latest government plan, from 10 May, organised outdoor gatherings with a maximum attendance of 15 people may take place – subject to appropriate social distancing and hygiene measures. 

Each person needs to assume personal responsibility for their own health and safety and to always consider the health and well-being of family, friends and wider society. Some of the steps each of us can take are: 

  • Adhere to social distancing of at least 2 metres 
  • Wash your hands regularly and thoroughly 
  • Wear a mask, if possible 
  • Follow good respiratory etiquette 
  • Avoid cycling in the slipstream of others 
  • Avoid physical contact with others 
  • Isolate if you feel unwell or experience symptoms

On the day of our Monthly Cycles event

  • Remain physically distant 

On the day, we ask that everyone observes a minimum distance of 2 metres apart (except for participants who are from the same household). 

While cycling, please ensure to keep this distance between the person cycling beside you. Please also ensure that you keep a good distance between you and the person cycling in front of you, and avoid being in their ‘slipstream’. 

  • Bring: masks; disinfectant/gel for hands

If you can, please bring your own masks and disinfectant/gel for hands. 

We are aware that not everyone can access or afford these items, so we will have a limited amount of supplies with us on the day. Please don’t hesitate to get in touch in advance (best is to send us a Direct Message on Twitter), or on the day when we meet. 

Below are some helpful tips and videos on how to safely put on and take masks and gloves, and how to use correct technique for washing your hands. 

  • Masks: how to put on & remove 

  • Wash/disinfect hands: how to use correct technique  

  • Gloves: how to put on & remove 

At-risk groups

The HSE has produced some guidance for at-risk groups. The HSE guidance uses 2 levels of higher risk:

There is different advice to protect people in each group. What each group should do:

Very high risk peopleHigh risk people
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