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How to stay active while practicing social distancing, adhering to stay-at-home order instructions

Posted April 5, 2020 11:38 p.m. EDT

All of North Carolina is under a stay-at-home order, but the warmer weather can be tempting.

Some WRAL viewers have asked how to get out and exercise while still remaining in accordance with the order.

The Governor's order recommends that people enjoy the outdoors and stay active, but they want people to stay at least six feet apart.

The warmer weather is making it harder for people to follow those guidelines as the crowds in public spaces increase.

A green space on Wade Park Boulevard in Raleigh had people playing soccer, not many of them maintaining social distance.

But there was a different picture at a Raleigh golf course.

"Despite the pandemic right now, North Carolinians need to get out," said Bradley Williams, a golfer and Raleigh resident.

Taking advantage of the sunshine, Williams said that the golfing environment makes social distancing more do-able than some other outdoor activities.

"In a public park, you might have more interacting with people, but at golf courses they aren't."

People have cited their mental well-being as a top reason for going outside. The orders encourage people to stay active by visiting the parks and outdoor recreational areas.

Several viewers have contacted WRAL News asking why certain spaces were open and others were closed, the reason is that local municipalities have jurisdiction over whether spaces are open or closed.

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