Cycling in Clarksville During COVID-19: Is It Legal?
Yes, you can still bicycle around Clarksville during the coronavirus pandemic. Indiana’s Stay-at-Home order does not prohibit residents from going on a bike ride as long as they follow the CDC’s guidelines for social distancing.
Although most of Indiana’s state parks remain open to cyclists, please keep in mind the following locations have been temporarily closed due to COVID-19:
- Inns & cabins
Before you go out bicycling, please check with local authorities to ensure there aren’t any special park closures in your area. You can find a full list of Indiana’s state parks on this official website.
The most recent research suggests regular cycling can boost your immune system, which might help protect you from diseases like COVID-19. For the best results, aim for between 30 – 60 minutes of moderate cycling per day.
Although Indiana does not require you to wear a facemask while riding, the CDC recommends wearing a cloth face covering when you’re in public areas. Please keep in mind, however, that face coverings are no replacement for maintaining proper social distance and regularly washing your hands.
For extra protection, be sure to clean your bike before and after cycling sessions. You could use disinfectant wipes or a mixture of 70 percent isopropyl alcohol and water to effectively get rid of pathogens that may be lurking your handlebars.
Also, please don’t scratch your face, especially while you’re riding your bicycle. A common reason people get infected with COVID-19 is that they touch their eyes, nose, or mouth with dirty hands.
Of course, if you have COVID-19 or flu-like symptoms, then you should self-quarantine. Also, anyone who has been in contact with a COVID-19 patient should get tested before cycling in public places.
People who suspect they may have the coronavirus should read through the Indiana Department of Health’s official page linked here.