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Staying active in lockdown


posted by Research Admin 1 on 15 April 2020

Sport NZ, 7 April, 2020

What you can and can't do during the COVID-19 lockdown.

As New Zealand enters an unprecedented four-week Covid-19 level 4 lockdown, many of us will find that staying active and continuing training will be harder than normal, but not impossible.

Keeping moving and getting outdoors is essential for our physical and mental wellbeing, so it’s important to know what you can and can’t do across the next month, and work to find inventive solutions to our collective challenge.

What can’t I do?

You cannot use a car for anything other than transport to an essential service, for example a supermarket or pharmacy.  Therefore, you can only access spaces in your local area that are accessible on foot, or on a bicycle.

You might be tempted to use local outdoor exercise facilities, playgrounds, or community courts for tennis or basketball.  Do not do this. Touching equipment that is outdoors can spread Covid-19 so please do not use public equipment of any sort during this time.

During the lockdown period, it is also recommended that you do not use any challenging trails in your local area for cycling or tramping.  Nor should you swim, go out in a boat or undertake any risky physical activity in the water such as surfing, fishing or kayaking.

Search and Rescue services will not be operating as normal during the lockdown period and calling on them means they will no longer be isolating as they should be.

What can I do?

You can get out and about for exercise, as long as you stay in your local area and keep a two metre distance from others.

You can also use the space in your home to stay active and there are plenty of resources available online with tips on how to keep fit at home.

Do you have any ideas of things I could do with my kids?

You can stay together as a household, but you cannot mix with others. So you can go for walks locally and explore your suburb, just try to avoid other people.

Playgrounds are unfortunately off limits as the virus can stay alive on surfaces and playgrounds are also places where people congregate.

Our play experts will be putting together some helpful tips on how to navigate ’30 days of play’ so sign up to our social media to access these.

Have a look at these Frequently Asked Questions for more.