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Do I have to wear a mask when jogging?

Do I have to wear a mask when jogging?
Do I have to wear a mask when jogging?

It’s not a legal requirement, but many still ask whether they should wear a mask while jogging.

Do I have to wear a mouth and nose mask when jogging?

As face masking is mandatory, this means that supermarkets, shops, and public transport can only be entered with a mouth and nose mask. In this way, you are helping to prevent viruses from spreading and thus limit coronavirus infections. However, many people are unsure whether they should wear a mask when doing outdoor sports, such as jogging or cycling. Experts have the following opinion on this.

It depends on the safety distance

Dr. Richard Martinello, professor of infectious diseases at Yale University, has a clear answer: “It depends on whether you adhere to the distance rules.” If you go jogging in loneliness without getting too close to a person (less than two meters), you do not have to wear a mask. As long as the safety distance is granted, there is almost no risk of getting infected or catching someone else.

However, it is different when you go jogging in the park, at the lake or in places that are often visited. If you cannot guarantee that you will not come into direct contact with another person (for example because you have to wriggle between strollers during your jogging tour), you should always wear or at least have a mouth and nose mask with you.

Jogging without a mask

Most of the course find it very uncomfortable to wear a mask while jogging. Alternatively, you should just be careful not to get too close to anyone. The best thing to do is to choose a route that is not very busy (e.g. through the forest) and avoid people who come towards you as far as possible. It is best to change the side of the street in the city and make a large bend in nature.

What do you think?

Written by Ursula Maurer

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