L+1 wrote:Travellers touring round the country, whether by bike or car must increase the risk to health of residents of rural areas. The more venues visited, the greater the risk of exposure and transmission.
Maybe, but of the two, by bike will be lower risk of transmission because you won't get as far from where you caught it and you won't have brewed up a nice car cabin full of contaminated air when you stop, plus there's also the lower general risk to health of residents.
Like pwa, when I was on my (very short!) summer tour this year in July/August, we tried only to visit businesses that were taking it seriously and because it was all new and uncertain, they were being very cautious, with lots of space, lots of screens, clear usage instructions, one way systems, masks, visors, contactless ordering/check-in/collection/payment, and so on. We also rode from home and back, not using trains like usual. We survived uninfected and I didn't hear of outbreaks anywhere we'd stopped along the way, plus we hopefully made life a bit easier for a number of small businesses and their workers' jobs a bit more secure.
It's now that it's become much more difficult, with cold/wet/windy weather meaning many outdoor venues are closed and yet more have closed their outdoor spaces, basically forcing people to gather indoors, then we had the vaccine news last week seem to make some lower their guards, on top of the uncertainty whether this is the best mix of restrictions. I'll be surprised if England's lockdown lasts only 4 weeks.
Back to the article: an enjoyable read but an irresponsibly misleading headline.