Yes to walking in the park BUT under certain conditions

walking in parks is allowed

After being cooped up in our homes for months, there was a tangible collective sigh of relief when President Cyril Ramaphosa announced that public parks will re-open for exercising and walking.

That excitement was somewhat dampened when some park lovers discovered that walking in the park will have to wait 2 weeks as the city prepares itself for re-opening.

Some parks will only open on August 1

According to a statement issued by the Mayoral Committee for the City of Joburg certain parks including The Wilds, Kloofendal and Klipriversberg  nature reserves and the Johannesburg Botanical Gardens will ONLY open for walking or exercising on 1 August because of what is being described as  a staged-in approach, due to limited resources.

Walking rules for park users under lockdown

Here are the 10 rules park users will have to follow :

1. Mask wearing at all times.

2. Social distancing  at least 3 metres apart.

3. Limited gatherings and event.

4. Hands to be sanitised and washed before entering the park.

5. Only exercise with family members and no more than 5 in a group.

6. Do not use the toilets and playgrounds.

7. Remind children not to use the playground and  gym equipment.

8. Take all empty bottles, paper cups and other disposables home.

9.  Avoid opportunistic crime and leave all valuables at home

10. Abide by public open spaces by-laws in place.

In closing, the Mayoral Committee and the president reminded citizens to take personal responsibility for helping to stop the spread of the Covid-19 wherever they are.

Enjoy walking in the park with caution and distance.

Find very useful advise about ways to cope and protect yourself, your family and your community in these articles written by concerned Gauteng doctors:

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