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Taking a Walk in our New World

The COVID-19 pandemic has affected every aspect of our daily lives; and that includes how we take a walk. Over recent months, many questions have come up on how we should walk, bike, and stay physical active while we navigate the new normal of social distancing. Should you wear a mask while you a stroll around your neighborhood? What do you do if a sidewalk or trail is not wide enough to stay six-feet apart? Here are some tips:

  • When you are approaching another person, stay six feet apart. This may mean walking in the grass if a sidewalk is not wide enough, or waiting at a wider part of a trail until the person passes.

  • Be patient and yield to those who may not be as flexible as you, for example, someone using a wheelchair or with a stroller.

  • If you come across a crowded area, turn around and find a different way to go.

  • Wear a face mask if you know that you will pass through a crowded area on your walk, for example, a busy main street, a crowded marina, etc.

  • Avoid touching your face during you walk until you are home and able to wash your hands.

  • Wash your hands for at least 20 seconds as soon as you get home.

Check out this helpful infographic from Cook County Dept. of Public Health

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