CHIRP walking groups back on track
CHIRP Community Health walking groups have returned as COVID-19 restrictions ease.
All CHIRP exercise groups ceased in March this year due to the Coronavirus pandemic. Some groups briefly resumed in July but stopped again when the second wave of infections occurred.
With an easing of restrictions in regional Victoria it is now possible for outdoor groups of up to 10 people to start again.
It is essential that all group participants wear a face mask or covering, use hand sanitiser and maintain physical distancing. It is also important that participants stay at home if unwell.
Castlemaine, Maldon and Harcourt walking groups have already started again with infection control precautions in place. The Castlemaine group meets on Thursday mornings at the Botanical Gardens. The Maldon group meets on Tuesday and Friday mornings at Maldon Neighbourhood Centre, and the Harcourt group meets on Monday and Thursday mornings at the Harcourt ANA Hall and Museum.
Nordic Pole walking groups, run in partnership with Castlemaine Community House, are also resuming but all groups are currently full.
“These exercise groups provide an opportunity for regular gentle exercise as well as social interaction. Staying socially connected and physically active are both very important for health and wellbeing,” CHIRP Community Health manager of Allied Health and Wellbeing Deb McCarthy said.