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Jogging down the road to hell: ‘Good intentions’ of Paris ban on daytime outdoor exercise will only worsen coronavirus crisis

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Perhaps the well-known adage about ‘good intentions’ and the ‘road to hell’ was never better exemplified than by the latest regulation imposed on Parisians as the battle against coronavirus shifts into overdrive.

At a time when the 2 million residents of the French capital are essentially suffering under house arrest, aside from the occasional trip to the grocery store (which requires a signed permission form for every trip), the authorities have now cracked down on one of the most effective stress relievers for urban dwellers – outdoor exercise.

For the millions of French people now holed up in their apartments, the news that they will not be permitted to leave their homes for a jog between the hours of 10am and 7pm probably went down worse than a stale croissant. This latest plan, which further infringes upon the freedom of movement across the country, was heralded by Deputy Mayor of Paris Emmanuel Gregoire as a way to “limit risks by limiting overcrowding.”

Just hours after Paris announced the new rule, five regions in the greater Paris area said they would be following suit.

Is Paris right to ban jogging during daytime hours?Authorities say it is to help fight spread of coronavirus by avoiding too many people being outside at same time. Share your views. https://t.co/q5QTtgj4Dg

Putting aside the question as to the actual risk of........

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