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Outdoor exercise ban?

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Daisymae Sun 05-Apr-20 12:51:05

Hancock apparently had said that all outdoor exercise will be banned if people don't obey the rules. Is this right? A step too far?

MissAdventure Sun 05-Apr-20 12:53:04

If that's what it takes then so be it.

Eglantine21 Sun 05-Apr-20 12:54:44

What choice is there if people won’t use their brains and be sensible!

Not Matt Hancock’s fault.

BlueSky Sun 05-Apr-20 12:55:08

As I said in another post than they'll have to watch out for people going to the supermarket/chemist everyday and borrowing neighbours' dogs to go out as they are already doing in Italy and Spain where exercise is not allowed!

Labaik Sun 05-Apr-20 12:56:32

Nothing is a step too far if it stops people dying. I'm also in favour of immunity passports even though, as someone that has been self isolating for ages I'd be one of those that haven't had the virus and would probably have restrictions placed on me. I would willingly wear a sack cloth and live on cabbage water for months if it would bring about an end to this nightmare.

Caramac Sun 05-Apr-20 12:57:07

I do hope the minority of those flouting the rules do not spoil it for the rest of us. I like to run (not far or fast) but since the lockdown I have gone out once daily to walk my dogs. I miss running but exercise indoors instead and also do some gardening.
If all outdoor exercise is banned I feel that many more people will suffer poorer mental health. Just being outside in the fresh air and observing nature makes me feel so good. I’m lucky I have a garden but that’s not the case for everyone. What about young children in flats with no garden. They really do need to get out and run around for a bit.

3nanny6 Sun 05-Apr-20 12:59:17

I was wondering why one of my neighbours suddenly had a dog installed about two days ago and the b;;;;y thing has been up and down outside without a lead for those two days. I will be furious if it comes and bothers my dog who is now 10 years old and there will certainly be cross words exchanged.

Barmeyoldbat Sun 05-Apr-20 13:01:10

Where I live everyone is being very sensible and keeping a distance. Mr B is at this moment out running long footpaths and through fields, if he meets someone they avoid each other by quite a distance. When I was out cycling it was the same, I live in a country town. My son lives in the city and he has said its empty and very few people out, so I don't know who these people are who are breaking the rules, I don't think it can be that many and I would object if they did stop exercise, especially if it goes on for weeks. Why not really clamp down on those that do break the rules.

Urmstongran Sun 05-Apr-20 13:30:31

It's unbelievable how many people suddenly can't live without exercise. It's as if the obesity epidemic never existed...

Tangerine Sun 05-Apr-20 13:37:17

I just hope people start complying more. In lots of ways, we shall have a different set of problems if people really can't go out other than to the shops.

I go to the supermarket once a week to shop for others, plus myself. About once a week, I go for a walk but am not nowhere near anyone.

gillybob Sun 05-Apr-20 13:40:31

Oh I though I had already posted on this thread ? Gremlins at work ?

gillybob Sun 05-Apr-20 13:40:39


gillybob Sun 05-Apr-20 13:41:00

Ooops no . 2 very similar threads on the go .

Urmstongran Sun 05-Apr-20 13:45:41

Probably my fault gillybob - I’ve posted my comment on both exercise threads!

FarNorth Sun 05-Apr-20 13:47:59

immunity passports
Someone who is immune can still carry the virus to others - like Typhoid Mary.

EllanVannin Sun 05-Apr-20 13:48:37

Why not an outdoor ban ?
It's the staying in that's going to keep you fit ( alive ) not jogging about amongst others who are equally lacking in brain cells.
It's the few who are spoiling it for others who are happy to abide by the present rules.
No amount of keep fit will stop this virus from striking anyway.

Daisymae Sun 05-Apr-20 13:54:34

I think that it's probably going to be counter productive. The vast majority are complying, it's likely to extend people flouting. Maybe stiffer fines? Someone commented on another site that they will just exercise with a shopping bag!

BlueBelle Sun 05-Apr-20 14:00:46

There is absolutely nothing wrong with a solo walk in a quiet area that in fact it’s needed for many people to stay sane it is for the most part being followed completely in smaller towns and villages I go for a 20 min walk most days and see very few people everyone keeps a very respectful space if you do meet anyone
The virus cannot jump long distances that is why you are given the 6ft rule
London i m afraid is spoiling it for everyone maybe other big cities too and part of that is because many people live in high rise flats or small apartments with no gardens and want to get out
umanstrong the people exercising would normally be using their energy going to work with nothing else to do they are doing the only thing to use a bit of energy up run walk or cycle and these are safe activities if done alone and they move away from anyone they might meet

Barmeyoldbat Sun 05-Apr-20 14:02:21

Ellanvannin, my husband is out jogging, as you put it, and is not in the crowds. He is on his own and will not meet more than about 2 or 3 people who all avoid each other. And a for someone saying about people suddenly taking up exercise what is wrong with that as long they follow the rules and stay away from others. Lets hope they keep up the good work after its all over and we will have less fat people. Ah Mr B has just returned home, washing hands and putting clothes in washing machine before having a shower. He met two people and two policemen on patrol. Now its my turn for exercise so I am getting my out onto the empty roads.

Hetty58 Sun 05-Apr-20 14:25:46

All the new people around here suddenly running, jogging and cycling would normally be in the gyms.

A lot of us have dogs to walk. Mine is having to cope with one walk instead of two, but that's minor. It's quite easy to maintain the two metre distancing and I think getting out is important for mental and physical health.

If we have to go into total lockdown (no going out) it will be awful but we'll just have to bear it. I'll be so angry with all those who caused it, though!

Chestnut Sun 05-Apr-20 15:12:04

Goodness knows how families with young children in small flats will cope with total lockdown and no walks. I notice Angela Raynor has raised that point and I'm inclined to agree that going outside is relatively safe. However, if they give everyone 'permission' to go on outings (not just exercise) we will see millions of people all over the place because they are not at work/school and want to get out of the house. It will be total chaos. Therefore no outings. It will be awful if millions of good people lose their right to take a daily walk just because some selfish idiots won't obey the rules.

gillybob Sun 05-Apr-20 15:13:56

I live very close to the seaside and we have a police helicopter going up and down the coast right now as I type .

lemongrove Sun 05-Apr-20 15:19:40

I need my exercise even more than usual, going for a walk soon to settle the large slice of bread and butter pudding I made for our lunchtime pud.I shouldn’t have had any at all, but what the hell!😊

Smileless2012 Sun 05-Apr-20 15:22:09

That's my favourite lemongrove did you have it with cream?

M0nica Sun 05-Apr-20 15:25:08

Ithink Matt Hancock's statement of a man in a panic and not in coltrol.

The vast majority of people are obeying the rules, but there are problems in cities because so many people live in close proximity to each other and there are problems, especially if local parks are locked up.

All it needs is for someone think creatively about how crowds can best be managed in cities, possible a postcode/ exercise time routine or something similar. Surely all those creative thinkers like Dominic Cummings and his ilk can work something out.

If they banned all ouside the house exercise, their would be a mass breakout with large scale civil disobedience over a panicky government minister taking a hammer to crack a nut!