Lockdown Day 26: 17/04/20 Open Spaces

The need for places to exercise is a must and I was disappointed to hear that some councils had closed parks down during the recent spell of warm weather. I can understand why they did that, but I don’t believe it’s the right call. There are plenty of people around who don’t have gardens to enjoy the fresh air in so the need to keep parks open is crucial, especially when the government say they don’t want people to drive to find open spaces to exercise in.

I have issues with that as well. If I was to leave my home and travel to some remote place to exercise then I would hardly say that this is irresponsible. Firstly, I move from home to vehicle, with only a few seconds of being exposed to the outdoors. Once in my vehicle I would stay there until I reached my destination. For me the places to walk are the old footpaths that bisect our countryside. There are so many that rarely see visitors in the good times let alone while Covid 19 is present.

I could walk for an hour without seeing anyone, taking in the sights of our beautiful countryside, the peace and tranquillity that currently prevails, and the incredibly fresh air that isn’t so polluted as usual. What’s wrong with this scenario. Personally I believe nothing is wrong except that were being told not to do it. Why? Probably because of the threat of gatherings. I can promise you that if I was to do this I wouldn’t have, meeting others on my walk as part of my agenda, merely the opportunity to do the opposite; to find space away from others, the lock down is tough on finding alone time.

Wherever you are stay safe.

C.S. Clifford

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