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