Social Distancing & Safety on the Greenway

As COVID-19 continues to spread and impact more New Orleanians, we all need to do our part to curb community spread and reduce the burden on our healthcare system. The Greenway is still open and it’s one of the essential places you can go for  exercise during the current Stay Home mandate, as long as you’re not in a group, and staying at least 6 feet from othersIn addition to the basic CDC guidance, there are a handful of ways we can all keep each other safe while enjoying the Greenway we love. Here are some tips on safe outdoor exercise, adapted from the New York Times:

  1. Don't leave home if you’re not feeling well, or if you’ve come into contact with someone with COVID-19 symptoms.
  2. Keep a 6 ft distance from others - The Greenway Trail is 12 feet wide, so keep to the outer edges of the trail and pass one at a time.
  3. Look for the least crowded path. If your schedule is flexible, try going to the Greenway when it’s less crowded, like early morning and mid-day.
  4. Don't gather in groups - this includes sports like basketball, football, soccer, and frisbee that require you to come in close contact with others or to touch a shared object. 
  5. Keep off fitness parks and playgrounds. For the safety of our community, the Greenway's fitness parks and playgrounds are closed.
  6. Avoid water fountains. Instead, bring your own water bottle. 
  7. Wash your hands with soap and water before and after you go outside. 
  8. When you get home, take off your shoes at the door.
  9. Stay Up to Date! Be sure you're getting reliable information about the developing outbreak: check ready.nola.gov for updates about New Orleans' COVID-19 response.

Social Distance Greetings!

Handshakes, hugs, and high-fives are out, so how do you greet your neighbors without getting closer than 6 feet? Here are a few of our team’s favorites:

  • Heartshake: Place your right hand over your heart while making eye contact. 
  • Air Five: Bonus if you slap your elbow with the opposite hand to make the sound! 
  • Peace Sign: Palm out or palm in, share a sign of peace
  • Self-hug: Looking at your neighbor, both give yourself a hug!
  • Good Old-Fashioned Wave

 

Resources for COVID-19 Information & Recovery

We’re all in this together! See below for resources to rely on and share with your neighbors. Have neighbors who are older, don’t have internet access, or aren’t so tech-savvy? Check in (from a distance!) and offer to help them get the help they need. 

Stay Up to Date

There’s a lot of false information out there. Be sure you’re turning to reliable sources for updates. 

Get Help 

Visit the NOLA Ready Assistance Page to find support related to: food & supply assistance housing, legal assistance, utilities, internet access, unemployment resources and mental health. This regularly updated list links to grant programs, school feeding schedules and more.