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Please help yourself and Walsall stay safe by exercising locally

  • 28 January 2021
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COVID-19 rates are still very high in Walsall and pose a real threat to the borough’s health and hospital resources. In the last week 61 people in Walsall have died from this terrible virus and many more remain in hospitals across the region and wider.  We really need your help to curb the transmission of this virus, bring down infection rates and help prevent further loss of life.  

Staying at home during this lockdown and not mixing outside of your bubble will help to do this. Government guidance currently allows for daily exercise, which is important for our mental and physical health, but so too is avoiding places where potentially more people may gather at the same time.  

Avoiding unnecessary journeys to popular places

We know everybody loves the Walsall Arboretum but repeated and collective visits to this popular site have meant rising visitor numbers and this could lead to unsafe numbers of people.  You can help to reduce this risk by walking to a local green space, or beauty spot that is nearer and with less risk of coming into contact with more people than absolutely necessary.  

We should all be taking individual responsibility in the fight against COVID-19. Stopping all unnecessary travel and avoidable contact is part of this fight.  It is this that will help bring down infection rates in Walsall and across the country, so at some point restrictions can start to be eased and we can embrace life fully again.  

We want everybody to stay safe. Maintaining social distance when you exercise helps protect you and others.  

Please remember:

  • You can go out to exercise alone, once per day
  • You can also do this with one other person or with your household or support bubble.
  • Minimise the time outside your home
  • Don't travel outside your local area
  • Maintain social distancing

You can check your nearest green open space by entering your postcode here

https://mymaps.walsall.gov.uk/parkssolo.html

 

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