Absurdity beyond belief. This is madness. I’m off for a spot of cycling. Hope the cop-chopper doesn’t follow me! MH
(And note that one can leave one’s home once per day, which means choosing between exercise or a trip to get essential groceries).
Received from Pam Vernon at EWR:
“Taking exercise is one of the official reasons that people are allowed out of their homes during the lockdown – along with trips to buy food, medical appointments, urgent family reasons and trips to and from work for people whose work is essential and cannot be done from home.”
Outdoor physical activity will be restricted to a radius of 2 kilometres from home during the coronavirus lockdown, the French government said on Thursday, while cycling is completely banned.
ACHTUNG! Where are your authorization papers!
“We ask all cyclists to be responsible and avoid all outdoor activity during this period,” the federation tweeted.
“One watchword matters: “Save lives! Stay at home!’.’
The government then appeared to back up this message by retweeting the federation with the words: “We have one message for cyclists: ‘stay home’. “
But when the ministry of interior was asked to confirm cycling was banned their response to Liberation newspaper was slightly different.
The ministry said it was permitted if it was “necessary for good personal balance” adding that that it is all about “reducing your trips outside to the maximum”.
The interpretation of the rules by police on the ground may also not be consistent.
One French journalist reported taking his bike out to get some exercise and the police who stopped him to ask for his form accepted that it was allowed as long as he was alone.
Cycling to work is NOT forbidden however although you will need to have your “attestation” with you to show to police.