Updated 3rd June
The official NI COVID strapline is still “Stay Home – Keep Distance – Wash Hands”. However we are encouraged to go outside for daily exercise and now also allowed to drive short distances to facilitate this. It is undisputed that outdoor exercise in nature plays a major role in maintaining physical and mental health and boosting our immune systems.
However as we collectively relax this is a time of great danger. Complacency and indeed stupidity, are real threats to us all. On sunny days in popular areas groups of people now walk in bunches, blocking paths ignoring social distances and subjecting themselves and everyone they meet to unnecessary extra risks. No-one yet knows how great these extra risks are, but we will have a good idea in a few weeks when impacts, or not, will become apparent in the infection and death statistics. In the meantime I avoid such areas and if I find my daily walk becoming congested I turn back. Completing a planned route is unimportant – maximising our collective health is essential!
Some of the walks described in “Grand Day Out” may be appropriate for you as daily local exercise. Please use the maps and modify the routes to avoid hot-spots or places where the paths are too narrow. Turn back if unsure, practice social distancing and step off paths if they are narrow when passing others.
Do not over-stretch yourself physically or explore beyond your comfort zone.
Stay local, stay careful.