Zoom wrote: vandal wrote:
I've just been for a walk with my son and we spent half an hour playing Pooh sticks. Did I break the rules?
On a similar note, I spoke to a cyclist today - she was in the same shop I was in, & I asked her (from about 10 feet away so most of the shop probably heard us) just out of curiosity, "how far are you going today for your cycle?"
"Oh, about 40 miles."
We're not allowed to cover that distance in a car just now.
40 miles for a weekend bike ride is fairly normal, 40 miles in a car is not exercise. We can debate the possible demands of either on the emergency services if you like. I don't think either breach the rules on social distancing.
40 miles as you say is about right, but that's not what I'm getting at. We are allowed out for what, 1 hours exercise a day. How many cyclists can cycle 40 miles in 1 hour? We're not talking about a normal weekends worth of cycling either, we're in the midst of a Covid 19 lockdown, the cyclist I was speaking to knew this but was still intent on following their 'normal' weekend bike ride routine.
Neither driving or cycling breach the rules on social distancing either, unless the cyclists are riding side by side, which I've witnessed a lot more of now the roads are quieter.
So my comparison in the car is that you're more likely to bring unwanted attention if you drive for 40 miles, but not if you do it by bike. It's not acceptable to drive 40 miles, but it is to bike it, even though you'd have to be Sir Chris Hoy to do it, because it cannot be done in 1 hour. Yes, it's exercise, but it's more than 1 hour's worth.
I don't agree that we're not allowed out for a leisurely drive, if your start and finishing points are your home address - you're not visiting anyone etc, just driving to wile away the hours. I do understand the reasoning behind it though & have accepted it.
People will manipulate the rules to suit their own needs & justifications, as has been evident over the last 11 or so days - dreading the review when it rolls around. If people are still behaving like this this far in to the lockdown, I dread to think what decisions the Government are going to be forced to make.