COVID-19: Physical distancing on the trails


(updated 10.30am 26/3/2020 - based on government advice)

Our world has changed enormously in the past few weeks, as New Zealand braces for the important COVID-19 lockdown. With some trails likely to come under increasing pressure in the coming weeks. We've created some guidelines, based on current government advice to ensure everyone stays safe:

• If in doubt, don't go out - from here on in act like you have Covid-19

• Stay local, stick to easy grade trails in your own neighbourhood, please avoid driving to trail heads, single tracks and backcountry trails. The last thing you want to do is end up in A&E putting more pressure on the health services

• Our local trails provide an opportunity for daily exercise and a great mental health break, but ride or walk within your family 'bubble' only. Mixing family groups or meeting friends for a walk risks the entire purpose and could lead to a longer lockdown period.

• On loop trails, please give maximum space to those coming in the opposite direction (minimum 2m distance, preferably more)

• Please refrain from touching fencing, bridges, hand rails or any other infrastructure, what we know so far is the virus can remain live on metals and plastics for up to 3 days. Use gloves if necessary and hand wash or sanitise.

• Please respect all facility closures, including any public toilets, water fountains and playgrounds.

• Please keep dogs on a lead at all times and don’t use headphones.

Be calm, kind and responsible - do your bit for New Zealand and stop the spread of Covid-19.

Please note: We will update these guidelines in accordance with national government advice

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