CNFN walks and other events: SUSPENDED
The Central North Field Naturalists’ committee have discussed the impact of the COVID-19 epidemic on the monthly walks program. After very careful consideration of the rapidly expanding pandemic it was decided to discontinue our organised monthly walks program until further notice.
Government advice is that:
- Individuals cancel all non-essential activities outside of home.
- Individuals should practice social distancing, i.e. no physical contact, maintain a distance of 2 m from each other, cover coughs or sneezes, use good hand hygiene and stay at home if unwell.
- Persons in 'at risk' groups who are more vulnerable to infections, such as those with weakened immune systems or aged over 60 years, should consider whether it is advisable for them to undertake an out-of-home activity.
- Non-essential gatherings of more than ten persons are discouraged.
However, we hope that members will continue to enjoy walks,
individually or with their partner, in their local park, nature
reserve or wilderness area, where this is permitted. We consider that
outdoor walks in nature have a positive impact by:
helping to maintain physical fitness
reducing the sense of social isolation, which is important for mental well-being
providing an opportunity to get close to nature and the health benefits it provides
continue the necessary work to conserve our biodiversity
We will continue to circulate information to all members, and we encourage members to forward photos and comments about their individual walks to include in Disjunct eNews. For our older members especially, 'distant socialising' is important, whilst maintaining 'physical distancing'.
The committee sends CNFN members its best wishes at this difficult time.
President, Central North Field Naturalists
25 March 2020