It has been a long couple of months since the COVID-19 restrictions were first put into place. We are all thrilled to hear that they are being eased over the coming weeks and many of us are crying out for some mental health respite. Here are five things you can do in and around Kyneton as of midnight 13 May.
Golfing: Not only does golf bring the health benefit of exercise in the fresh air, it is also a source of socialising for many, particularly older Australians. According to the Department of Health website “you can play golf in groups of no more than 10 people” and must ensure that “1.5 metres can be maintained between yourself and others”. Check with the Kyneton Golf Club or your local club for more information on how they are operating currently and enjoy getting back into the swing of golf.
Hiking: Whilst we had been instructed to exercise as close to home as possible, we are now permitted to hike or bushwalk in groups of up to 10 people, as long as we follow social distancing rules with those not from our household. Check out whether your local National or State parks are open before you head off. Some ideas of places to go include: the Campaspe River Walk, Blackhill Reserve Walking Track and Turpin Falls. If you want to drive a little further for your exercise, check out the various trails on Mount Macedon and at Trentham Falls.
Fishing: If fishing is your thing, you will be pleased that you can now get the fishing gear out again. If you are new to the area and are unsure of where to go, check out Malmsbury Reservoir and Lauriston Reservoir. You might also like to try your hand at yabbying at Firth Park in Trentham. As with any of the restrictions in place, do not gather with more than 10 people and stay 1.5 metres from those you are fishing with unless they are from your household. Happy fishing!
Social sports: Some of us are keen to kick a footy, or have a picnic in the park. The new restrictions outline that we are able to gather in the park and play a non-contact sport or do yoga or tai chi class, for example, as long as we follow social distancing rules and gather in groups of 10 or fewer people. Just a reminder that the playground and gym equipment can still not be used.
Catching up with friends and family: The most exciting of the restrictions being eased is that we can catch up with family and friends. You may choose to do some of the above activities with your loved ones, or you might just like to catch up at someone’s home. Only five people may visit someone’s home at one time. Obviously use your common sense, as you may have family and friends who are still vulnerable and at risk.
Stay safe and enjoy venturing out of the home. To read the rules in full, visit the Department of Health: https://www.dhhs.vic.gov.au/state-emergency