Impact of Alert Level 4 for iWay users

Alert Level 4 means we must severely limit travel, with driving only permitted for essential travel such as getting food or medicine from your local area. The best way to reduce the risk of exposure to yourself and others is to stay at home. However, we do realise that people will want to get out and exercise.

If you do go out, please limit yourself to short walks, runa or rides in nearby parks and on locals trails, following the government’s recommended hygiene guidelines https://covid19.govt.nz/.

Here are some tips to help you protect yourself and others:

1. Consider whether you need to leave your property at all. Can you exercise at home?

2. Don’t ride, run or walk on any trails or pathways if you have symptoms (e.g. fever, coughing, shortness of breath etc). Please stay at home!

3. Remember driving in your car is for essential travel only, which doesn’t include transporting you and your bike to a trail.

4. Ride, run or walk alone or only with the people you are self-isolating with. If you’re riding, running or walking alone tell someone what your plans are.

5. If you’re riding, running or walking with your self-isolating group, make sure everyone knows the recommended hygiene guidelines before they set off.

6. Keep at least 2m away from other trail and pathway users. When approaching other people slow down so that it’s easier to maintain this separation. Avoid narrow tracks where maintaining this separation may be difficult.

7. Where possible, avoid touching any surfaces that could be contaminated such as gates, squeeze bars, handrails, fences, benches and picnic tables. The virus can remain on surfaces for three days.

8. Try to avoid using public toilets; many will be closed anyway. Go before your ride, run or walk. Carry your own toilet paper and sanitiser in case using the toilets is unavoidable.

9. Don’t touch your face while you’re riding. Wash your hands and disinfect your handlebars when you get home.

10. Make smart and conservative choices about the rides, runs and walk you choose to do. Our hospitals and emergency services are already overburdened – unnecessary accidents will make things harder.

11. Some trails and mountains bike parks, have been closed. Check online to see what trails are open before heading out and stay close to home.

12. This isn’t a time to be heading into our remote areas, so all wilderness rides – are off the menu.

13. Ride, run and walk local trails and pathways only. With all non-essential travel prohibited and non-essential business along or near the trails closed, visiting other areas to ride, run or walk is not an option. Travelling further afield increases the risk of community transmission, and the length of time we may remain at Alert Level 4. Please remember that driving is only permitted for visiting essential services such as supermarkets and pharmacies, not for leisure/exercise.

14. Please note some cycle trails could close in the coming days. Check individual trail websites; these will be updated with the latest news.

Be calm, be kind. Be responsible and show the community you care. Kia kaha (stand strong) – united we can help stop the spread of Covid-19 and get back to riding, running and walking all of our beautiful trails and pathways.

These guidelines are also available on our website: https://bit.ly/NZCTCOVIDResponse

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