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COVID-19 Climbing Regulations

The Lindseth Climbing Center, in accordance with New York State and Cornell University guidelines, has adopted the following measures in order to reduce potential transmission of COVID-19. The actions of our staff and patrons have a direct impact on keeping the climbing wall free of the virus, and your compliance will be what keeps the facility accessible. Thank you in advance for your cooperation, we look forward to climbing with you!

Face Masks

All climbers will be required to wear a mask at all times, except for fully vaccinated Cornell students, staff, and emeritus faculty or retired staff. Everyone will be expected to provide their own mask, though LCC may have some emergency masks if yours breaks during your session. All masks must consist of at least two layers of fabric. Vented masks must have a filter in the vent.

Masks may be lowered to drink from your water bottle. If you need a breather during your climbing session, please step outside before removing your mask.


Masked patrons will be expected to maintain six feet of distance between other patrons, regardless of vaccination status. Keeping appropriate physical distance from other climbers will help prevent the spread of the virus. Staff will monitor the floor to encourage proper distancing. Attendance may be limited to maintain appropriate capacity limits.



If you are ill, stay home. If you are experiencing symptoms related to COVID-19, or have been exposed to those who are, do not come to climb. Everyone is encouraged to self-screen before their visit, and monitor themselves for changes. We'll be here when you are feeling better!


All patrons are encouraged to thoroughly wash their hands or sanitize before entering the facility and after their climbing session. Proper climber hygiene should include frequent hand washing, proper respiratory etiquette, and refraining from touching the face, particularly during and immediately following climbing.

Hand sanitizer will be available at the front desk as usual, and you are welcome to bring your own.

Additional Considerations

Because of these new rules, there are some additional impacts to consider.


Wearing a mask may make climbing communication more difficult. Review communication methods with your climbing partner, and consider hand signals in place of shouted commands.

Food and Drink

Food and drinks, other than water, are typically not allowed on the climbing floor, and that continues to be true. Please consume any snacks outside of the facility, and wash your hands after eating before returning. Water fountains are available in the main lobby of the building.


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