We are all facing huge uncertainty caused by the covid 19 pandemic; this uncertainty makes staying active and connected to our friends and family even more important. But with the closing of gyms, social distancing and even “stay-at-home” orders, getting active and staying connected seems harder than ever. However, on almost every “coping with a crisis” list, you will find advice to be or remain physically active. One way this can be achieved is by getting out and about to the vast terrains and landscapes that surround us here in Kildare. Now is a great time to explore areas and places in our great county, whilst ticking that all important ‘physical exercise’ box!! Just remember adhere to HSE social distancing protocol – keeping six feet or more from other individuals and you’re covered!!
So get out, enjoy your surrounds and stay safe!
To protect yourself and others:
► Avoid walking in crowded areas. If a walking trail is busy, visit at a quieter time.
► Walk during off peak hours
► If you feel unwell or have any symptoms however slight, please stay at home and contact your GP.
► Think of others when parking and don’t block entrances. Leave room for the emergency services to pass.
► When walking outdoors it is crucial that we maintain the physical distancing requirements. We must leave a physical distance of at least 2 metres (6.5 feet) between yourself and other people, particularly those who are coughing or sneezing.
► Stay at home if you are sick to help stop the spread of whatever infection you may have.
► Reduce interactions with people and do not shake hands or make close contact, if possible.
► Do not walk as part of a group as the risk of virus transmission is increased.
► Practice good respiratory hygiene, that is, when coughing and sneezing, cover your mouth and nose with flexed elbow or preferably with a tissue.
► Discard the tissue immediately into a closed bin and clean your hands with alcohol-based hand sanitiser or with soap and water.
► Before and after your walk, wash your hands with soap and water or use an alcohol-based hand sanitiser if your hands are not visibly dirty.
► Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth – if you touch your eyes, nose or mouth with your contaminated hands, you can transfer the virus from the surface to yourself.
► Keep hydrated and do not share your water bottle!
► Your dog must remain on a lead for the duration of your walk. Refrain from allowing people to stroke your dog.
► Leave no litter and follow the Leave No Trace guidelines.