The Pedal Power Association (PPA) has called on cyclists across the country to wear a face mask when out on the roads during the daily outdoor exercise window between 6 and 9 am.

Despite the wearing of a face mask being mandatory under alert level-4 of the nationwide lockdown, a large number of cyclists are still not adhering to this regulation.

Nine more people have succumbed to COVID-19 in South Africa bringing the national death toll to 247. The Health Department says the number of positive cases has risen sharply and now stands at 13 524.

Exercise during Level 4 lockdown curfew: 

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PPA Vice Chairperson, Steve Hayward, says the coronavirus is not to be taken lightly and all South Africans, even cyclists, must adhere to the regulations or risk government reimposing a ban on outdoor exercise.

“It is compulsory that we must wear these masks I think its dangerous for the cyclists not to adhere to it because if you having someone in your slip stream there is a Belgium aero dynamics study that shows expanded droplets from cyclists still remain suspended in the air behind the cyclists and that’s the danger of that infection being passed on.  it is a bit of a hinderance but abide by the rules.”

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