Time slot for outside exercise for shielded communities.

The shielded and elderly face the prospect of being locked down for a considerable time longer than everyone else. That could prove extremely hard to bare. How about designating a weekly time slot where they could safely go out - say a Sunday morning - without being exposed to the general populous. I say Sunday morning, because many younger generations tend to still be at home and it’s typically not a working and shopping starts later. After their much stricter lockdown, the Spanish are now allowing exercise time split up into age groups: under 70s , walkers, joggers cyclists etc get two slots 6 - 10 am, and 8 -10 pm; outings with children between 12 pm and 7 pm; People who need to go out with a caregiver, or over 70s are allowed out from 10 am to 12 pm and 6 pm to 7 pm every single day. Surely we could allow one or two slots a week to our most vulnerable, especially where everyone else just about has free reign.

Why the contribution is important

I think it would mean a lot to shielded and elderly vulnerable to have the opportunity to escape their four walls - good for mental health and morale. Especially important as the summer is here.

by Nadia_tighe on May 07, 2020 at 08:30PM

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  • Posted by Mosley May 07, 2020 at 20:44

    Vulnerable people are at high risk from the people coming into their homes to care for them, it would be lovely if they could go outside with no or low risk but I fear they are at greater risk in their own home than in a street exercising social distancing
  • Posted by Joanneb May 08, 2020 at 05:08

    Please not Sunday mornings. Consider those that attend live Sunday church services. Why choose a time to suit the majority that can go out any day any time for their exercise?
  • Posted by HD123 May 08, 2020 at 06:27

    How do you intend to police this? We do not carry ID in this country, nor are we expected to by law. What you are proposing is a curfew, based on age, which is not only discriminatory and will lead to the fragmentation of society and the stigmatisation of age groups, but doesn't tackle the problem that young people are vulnerable to this disease too.
  • Posted by Shielder78 May 08, 2020 at 08:20

    I’ve been inside for 7 weeks as my garden is shared and always busy, I’d love to go outside at a safe time.
  • Posted by Lynne_W May 08, 2020 at 10:36

    I have no issue with the general principle, however needs to consider those of us who are still working, despite at home. Getting out at lunchtime or immediately after the work-day for shopping/essentials is also necessary. Perhaps adjust the options.
  • Posted by Biba May 09, 2020 at 19:29

    It's a great idea. I'm not in sheilding group but high risk due to health issues and also disabled. As it increasingly seems to be getting busier outside I'm now very panicky about going outside for a short walk which would be beneficial. I've had people pass me by practically touching me and joggers right up at my back. It would be great if there was a time that the sheilding/vulnerable/high risk groups could go outside for exercise and air without worry. However in practical terms I don't know how this would work as the people flouting the lockdown rules would still be out and about being disrespectful.
  • Posted by Shieldedshields May 10, 2020 at 17:26

    It wouldn’t have to be a ‘policed curfew’ just a couple of hours/week perhaps 8-9am with people asked to avoid if possible to allow those of us who are shielded or in a vulnerable group the opportunity to get out with fewer people around. There will be people who need to get to work but surely many others who could be more flexible when they take their daily exercise/ shopping given some of us do not have any choice at all.
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