Here’s the latest advice, in The Sun:
But what does “stay home” mean? Not go outside? Not take discretionary walks or bikes? Not ‘travel’ – which is unclear too.
Adrian Dix and Bonnie Henry clarify:
Henry and Dix reminded people that while all B.C. parks are closed, they can still go for walks or ride bikes with family in their own neighbourhoods, while keeping a safe physical distance of at least two metres from others.
Precision, when giving advice on a critical issue to everyone, is important, not just quibbling. When does a walk or ride turn into travel? Does it matter, if social distancing is practiced? What about stopping, to find a bathroom, to get a drink of some kind, to talk briefly with a friend or give directions?
Is this kind of stopping acceptable:
A friend in Yaletown noted that yesterday there were few people on Davie, a typically busy shopping street, nor even in Emery Barnes Park. Most people outside seemed to have gravitated to the seawall and adjacent parks, like Sunset above. After all, there’s almost nothing else to do if you live in a downtown apartment. No coffee bars, gyms, theatres, restaurants. And no backyards. This is for many what it means when told they can take “walks or ride bikes with family in their own neighbourhoods.” But is this okay?
If the answer is yes, but only for people in the neighbourhood, does that mean only the forty thousand or so in the West End? Should they not trespass into False Creek, or vice versa?
See how fast it can get silly. And yet, we still need guidance.
A further question that isn’t a quibble: Is two metres separation the right length for cycling. It probably isn’t.
From Anne C. M. Hyman, president of the Potomac Pedalers
…your respiratory signature is not just a stationary, six-foot sphere around you, but it turns into a comet-shaped trail while you’re at speed. The majority of your signature is still around you in your sphere, but you’re moving fast enough that your sphere starts trailing behind you, where you used to be. (Full column here.)
After two weeks of quarantine in an apartment, I’m going outside on these first warm days of spring. But I want to be safe and to respect others. I’ll wear a mask. But am I doing the right thing when I cycle the seawall, stop at David Lam, get a coffee at a food cart? (And then try to find a bathroom!)
I need to know. Precisely.
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