The Governor of Florida just ordered a state-wide “Safer at Home” order, telling residents to stay home, except for “essential” trips outside. But what is allowed and not allowed – and what people/authorities will do about it – is not clear.
The Extreme Case
Yesterday at our Wednesday tennis group (seven courts of doubles – with everyone observing the social gathering restrictions of staying apart), one of my friends said, “I’d rather die than stop playing tennis!”
While I personally don’t go to that extreme, I am pretty close. If it wasn’t for my really major concern of NOT bringing anything back into the house to DeDe, I would say my sentiment is: I would rather risk catching the virus than stop playing tennis.
Where Do You Draw The Line?
My community of Pelican Bay immediately reacted by “closing the tennis courts”; but not mentioning the golf club! The Governor’s order says grocery shopping and “recreational activities are allowed”; so what activities are safe and OK?
- Going for a walk with your spouse?
- Jogging by yourself or with someone?
- Playing a round of golf by yourself?
- Playing golf with someone but riding in separate carts?
- Going on a tennis court alone to practice serves?
- Having someone 70 feet away on the other side of the court returning those serves?
- Or, going shopping in Publix with 200 other seniors?
Exercise IS Essential
I have exercised virtually every day of my life… even the day after my prostate cancer surgery… even the day OF my hip replacement surgery. That is who I am.
In a previous dialogue on this site, one reader countered, “You NEED to go grocery shopping; but you don’t NEED to play tennis.” Perhaps I do.
What do YOU think?
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