Easement of Lockdown & Tighter controls on exercise restriction issued 10/05/20

First let me commend the work done by the first Minister, all Ministers and advisers, in their handling of this pandemic, and its drastic consequences in this difficult time.

I understand the need to lessen the restrictions and keep public support by giving us more scope to exercise, but firmly believe that clarity on easement processes should be prescriptive based on best practice, evidence and experience from other countries that are ahead of us in terms of their curve profile.

Given the importance of clarity of message to suppress this virus , to say stay at home but you can exercise as many times as you like, will both increase the street traffic and the rate of infection, if the 2 metre rule is not followed closely by the majority of people.

It may have been better to say exercise a maximum of twice a day, with all other conditions remaining.

I would also advocate a street code of conduct that will give guidance of a protocol for safe distances when walking, it also covers cycling and jogging and will ultimately facilitate keeping a distancing from others and reducing the R rate.

Draft Code will cover the following protocols

1) When passing people in the streets, shops and workplaces
2) Will assist the 2 metre distancing requirements
3) Will advice cyclists to cover their faces and cycle on the roads, when its safe to do so
4) Will encourage joggers to consider walkers and take avoidance measures when passing people, also will require them to cover their face
5) Advise people when speaking in the street (at a safe distance) resulting in blocking the pavement and making it hard for passers-by to keep a 2 metre distance

(I have drafted full listings should you wish more information !)

Why the contribution is important

Not all people follow the present advice given, for example the use of face coverings in restricted spaces shops etc, it is presently done by a minority.

Most people do not go out of their way to distance themselves or avoid others when exercising and shopping.

Most Cyclists and joggers do not wear a masks or any form of face covering when passing people.

Most Cyclists Joggers do not avoid people, for example cross roads or take evasive action as they are moving faster than pedestrians.

I have found that most inexperienced cyclists are now using the pavements, forcing those of us that are trying to safe distance on to the roads, as an avoidance measure.

Let me know if I can assist in any further in any way.

Yours faithfully
Paul Sinclair

by paulsinclair on May 11, 2020 at 02:44PM

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  • Posted by GJBB May 11, 2020 at 14:54

    If more people are encouraged to take more exercise the areas they are allowed to visit will get busier with more risk of cross infection. It therefore means that more areas must be opened up to spread people apart and let them drive short distances locally.
  • Posted by Obiwan72 May 11, 2020 at 15:38

    all measures should be tightened and fines massively increased. No easing of any measures should be considered until Jan 1st 2021 at the earliest.
  • Posted by Dave_H May 11, 2020 at 16:55

    What is needed is not more than one walk per day, but a REAL move to allow other forms out outdoor sport and recreation that can be done with a similar or lower risk to the daily walk.

    e.g as has been much mentioned golf, hill walkiing sailing etc should be allowed.

    And what is wrong with going out into the countryside away from other people and having a picnic? Or find an isolated beach and sunbathe alone? These all make people feel better and yet pose no risk.

    Please treat us like the grown ups you say we are and let us have a little more freedom very soon. It will make it easier to endure the more strict and needed restrictions that will have to remain for some time.
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