Our leaders are talking about curtailing interstate and long-distance travel, which very much sounds to us like our weekend ride is in jeopardy.
If the government bans non-essential travel, then we will effectively be house-bound.
If they just recommend avoiding non-essential travel, we may still be able to ride if we act responsibly and “exercise judgement” as the PM says.
That probably means riding solo, no cafes or restaurants along the way and keeping our gloves on when fuelling up.
However, the PM also says “travel needs to be reduced to stop the spread of the virus across the country”.
It’s a baffling message for motorcyclists.
However, we need to share the responsibility of not contributing to the virus spread, so we suggest limiting your rides until the issue is clearly spelt out by our leaders.
Maybe just commuting to work.
If they do not ban non-essential travel tomorrow, it may only be a matter of days before they do. We hope you got in a good last ride!
Many countries are banning non-essential travel and some, such as Rwanda and California are specifically banning motorcycles.
Here’s the rule for California:
All travel, including, but not limited to, travel on foot, bicycle, scooter, motorcycle, automobile, or public transit, except Essential Travel and Essential Activities as defined below in Section 10, is prohibited.
How to survive
The coming months look like being a long period of boring home detention if we are not allowed to ride.
To satisfy our motorcycling habit, we will need to watch old races, motorcycle movies and documentaries on streaming services.
You can also wade through the more than 6000 articles on Motorbike Writer, especially those timeless self-help articles in the Tips/Training section!
Meanwhile, we will continue to publish relevant articles and keep you updated on the motorcycling world.
Stay safe and sane.
The Australian Government Department of Health advises that the only people who will be tested for COVID-19 are those with symptoms who have either returned from overseas in the past 14 days or been in close contact with a confirmed COVID-19 case in the past 14 days.
If you are sick and believe you have symptoms of COVID-19, call your GP ahead of time to book an appointment. Or call the national Coronavirus Health Information Line for advice on 1800 020 080. If you are experiencing a medical emergency, call 000.