The mayor of Philadelphia issued the city’s stay-at-home order which went into effect Monday, March 23, 2020, at 8 p.m. The order requires people to stay at home unless they are getting essential goods or services which have been defined in the order. Some of these include food and necessary home supplies, medical supplies or medical treatment.
Philadelphia’s Stay at Home Order specifically allows for someone ride their bike for two purposes. First to commute to certain essential jobs and to go out in the community to get needed services and supplies. Second, it exempts outdoor recreation such as walking, running and cycling so long as the person is practicing social distancing.
The order allows these activities with close family members so long as there is still social distancing of at least 6 feet with others. So ride your bike, but follow the rules to keep the virus from spreading.
Philadelphia’s stay at home order lists many activities to do and places to go during the virus crises. However, just because it’s allowed, doesn’t mean that those involved shouldn’t engage in practices that lower the risk. Before riding your bike during the order, look at these tips that are designed to keep you safe:
Philadelphia’s stay at home order is designed to get people to avoid giving or getting the COVID-19 virus. It will only work if everyone, including cyclists, do their part to reduce or eliminate the risk of spreading the virus in the community.
Cycling is fun and good exercise and can be a great stress-reliever during the virus crises, but doing it safely will increase the odds that you don’t get the virus and then give it to someone else.