“To help protect resident health and minimize potential for gatherings, the Regional forests are closed to visitors until further notice.”
We heard there was some non-compliance this weekend (April 4th) and the forest parking lots are being fenced off ASAP. A number of regular AF folks who respected the closure were NOT happy about having to drive by while others broke the closure.
Keep in mind, if you’re angry about witnessing people break the new rules please don’t fill our inbox. We can’t do the broken-telephone thing with Halton Police nor can we change the Emergency Act and re-open the forest.
“For the duration of the pandemic if a member of the public wishes to report an incident of non-compliance with the emergency orders, they may contact the Halton Regional Police Service COVID-19 Hotline: 905-825-4722
It is critical that our residents use 911 for emergencies only”
Halton Regional Chair
We’re not sure how we feel about all this, hopefully it doesn’t go on too long.
It’s with this in mind we want to do our best to advise you on a few issues we have seen:
Going to the trails is not self-isolation. Unsurprisingly, the trails are quite busy. With people hit by layoffs and others on 2 week work cycles you will now run into more people; entire families even. If you have been advised to self-isolate due to travel or contact with infected please STAY HOME.
Going on group rides is not social distancing. Group rides are non-essential gatherings and following your friend 2 meters away is probably nonsense rationalizing. They’re exhaling breath like a steam-locomotive and you’re following 2m behind huffing it in for two hours? Bad idea. Remember all people are contagious before they have a symptom and some tiny percentage of people are totally asymptomatic for the entire period and will never know. Social distancing isn’t paranoia – We can’t be sure.
Going after Strava segments and riding at a high-level is probably irresponsible. What if a nurse or doctor has to treat your boo-boo instead of monitor a patient on oxygen/ventilator?
Give people space. Communicate! A person’s personal space is now officially 2 meters or more. Don’t just wiz by them, give proper notice and arrange a method to pass each other. Don’t be a jerk here as you will cause anxiety and stress by crossing into people’s personal space. Maybe somebody yields and walks off trail a few meters, maybe you each agree to hold your breath. For the health of each other please do something.
Lastly we get the sense not much is currently known about the virus forcing this new reality on us. It seems to be flattening healthy young people at random and consistently severely affecting the at risk. Nothing is certain in this world.