Because of the ongoing COVID-19, the term lockdown has become more common and widespread than perhaps we ever wanted it to be. Social distancing is one of the primary weapons in our fight against this pandemic. While knowledge of the above garnered some results, it was something that needed to be enforced and hence, the lockdown.

Most of the world's population is living in this state with varying levels of stringency. In India, all activity except the 'essential movement' was banned and naturally, motorcycle riding was not a part of the essentials quantified. And amidst all this, a report from Australia suggests that New South Wales, an Australian state, has declared motorcycling an exercise under the COVID-19 guidelines.

Here's an excerpt from the report:

Motorcycling is considered exercise under COVID-19 guidelines, NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian told Ben Fordham, officially making it a legal reason to leave home.

Premier Berejiklian says many of the restrictions lifted in Queensland, such as ‘non-essential’ shopping and casual driving, don’t apply in NSW, where such activities haven’t been prohibited.

“[The police] haven’t booked anybody for riding a motorbike, because that is akin to riding an exercise bike.

“We’ve chosen not to define what an essential thing is to buy – it’s up to you.

“What we’ve tried to do in NSW is be as flexible as we can.”

But in addition to that, she has also advised that people should remain indoors for as long as possible as we all need to be careful. She said, " We know that once you lift any restriction, you’re going to get more cases. But that is the balance you have to strike because we can’t keep living like this.”

What we think is that the pandemic is going to change a lot of things for humankind. Things that were once considered normal may never be back again. Once the pandemic is past us, we may have to wake up to a new normal. Motorcycling as we know it may also undergo some changes. But for now, New South Wale's decision comes as a breeze of fresh air.

With everyone stuck at home, things have been difficult. And the difficulties are not only limited to the unprecedented economic damage that we are witnessing but extends to every individual in the form of psychological strain.

While motorcycling in groups is something that one must avoid at any cost, solo motorcycling may be the workaround we need to take care of people who are stuck at home. The reason... we are all already aware of how a ride has helped us fix a bad day...



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