Regular walking is great for reducing stress and boosting the immune system. As Britain attempts to regain its feet in a post-pandemic world, what are the do’s and don’t of social distancing whilst you’re out walking?
PM Boris Johnson urged the UK to make the best use of the UK’s parks and open spaces but says to avoid contact with anyone. Gathering with friends and family in limited spaces like pubs, bars, restaurants, cinemas and theatres is ill-advised.
The official narrative has been confusing at times. In this article, we round-up how to walk safely in public. This is the post Covid-19 “new normal” walking guide.
Are the streets are going to be rammed again? Of course they are, it’s summer. However, to prevent another outbreak of Covid-19, government social distancing guidelines recommend we all stick to the 2-metre social distancing rule.
If you’re walking down a narrow street whereby its difficult to keep a safe distance, don’t be ashamed to cover your face.
You may even want to consider wearing a face mask. They will be compulsory on public transport and closed spaces from the 15th June anyway.
If somebody sneezes whilst you’re out walking in the street, cover your face or cross over to the other side of the road. Try and maintain a safe distance between the person in front of you.
Avoid touching surfaces such as handrails on bridges and stairs. This includes stiles and gates if you are walking in the countryside.
If you do touch anything with your hands, try to avoid rubbing your eyes and wash your hands with a sanitiser gel.
Walking in nature is the safest way to get outdoors for exercise. If you live near wide-open spaces, make the most of them – especially if you work from home. You need to get plenty of exercise.
Nature trails, national parks, countryside walks and the grounds of stately homes are all ideal places to go walking in a post-pandemic world.
There will be a limited number of people in these areas so social distancing will be easy. At the weekend, you may even want to consider jumping in the car and driving to a new-to-you location.
If you need any inspiration, the Telegraph has compiled a list of the UK’s top 20 walks.
We trust this information helps. Stay safe, but keep walking. You can convert your steps to cash with the Sweatcoin app.