FLRC believes everything is better when we run together. However, given the risks of COVID-19, our wider community benefits if we all work to prevent the spread of this infectious disease.
We recommend the following habits and etiquette:
- Stay home if you aren’t feeling well! We don’t want to hear, “it’s just a cold.”
- Avoid handshakes and hugs. Try a jaunty salute or . Bonus points for .
- Run by yourself or with just a friend. Avoid groups and crowded areas.
- Maintain 6 feet of distance from others and run side-by-side when possible.
- Avoid touching your nose, mouth, and eyes with unwashed hands. That includes gloves, which should go in the laundry regularly.
- Clear your nose and spit away from other runners. Which you do anyway, right?
- Dispose of gel packs, tissues, drink cups, and other personal items in the trash.
- Don’t share water bottles, energy bars, gel packs, or the like.
- Avoid group selfies where everyone crowds into the picture.
Please exercise common sense before and after your runs:
- Wash your hands often with soap and water (of any temperature) for at least 20 seconds, or use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer. Do this especially after you have been in a public place, after using the bathroom, or after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.
- Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash. If a tissue is not available, cough or sneeze into your elbow.
- Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces. Ever thought about what lives on your car’s steering wheel?
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
For more information and local details, we encourage you to turn to the World Health Organization, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the New York State Department of Health, and the Tompkins County Health Department.
And of course, if you have any questions, feel free to reply here, and we’ll do our best to answer.