Can I go to the park amid the coronavirus? Here’s what you need to know.

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It’s been causing endless arguments online – and a few face-to-face ones as well. With the coronavirus pandemic, what exactly can we do in parks and open spaces right now?

Well, that’s a tricky question. Here goes.

First of all, can I actually still go to the park?

Yes, if it’s for exercise. The Federal Government is giving “strong guidance” to people to stay at home unless they need to go out for essential reasons, such as work (if a person can’t work from home) or shopping for food and essential items. 

Another one of those essential reasons is exercising – or, to be more specific, “going out for personal exercise in the neighbourhood”. (So don’t go for a long drive just to get to a park you like. Also, keep in mind that some of your favourite outdoor locations, including beaches, might be closed when you get there.) 

In some states, particularly Victoria, NSW…

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