Running and walking
Walking and running are now permitted if we stay within 500 meters from our homes. That’s not much at all, but it is way better than nothing.
Also wearing a mask is a priority—and I’m ok with that. Well, not running really with the mask, but again it is an allowance much welcomed.
Parks are still closed, but luckily I have a big round “Piazza” with a lot of green, and I can go around as many times as I like, and I did find a companion to walk with too!
The town is not totally empty, a few solitary walkers are out, mostly to buy the newspaper, or to stop by to say “ciao” to someone while maintaining social distancing.
Bookstores are going to open as well. While other measures will be implemented with some precaution and forethought by May 3rd.
Silent and Cleaner Towns
Findings by the European Space Agency, which focuses above all on the situation in northern Italy, found that in all quarantined areas, the emissions of Co2 and No2—or nitrogen dioxide, a polluting agent also responsible for many manifestations of asthma and respiratory infections—collapsed to historic lows.
Already in mid-February, a study by the Finnish Center for Research on Energy and Clean Air (Crea) indicated that, in February, CO2 emissions decreased by almost 25% compared to the same period the previous year.
These are just the good news, soon it will be all about the economy, and the news won’t be this cheerful. But then we won’t be the only ones to have economic troubles.