I received a few inquiries about going out for an Urbex session during the COVID-19 pandemic confinement.
In order to spare your time, let me start with the conclusion:
DON’T BE A MORRON.
DON’T DO IT.
I am addressing this issue, as I’ve heard that these are maybe “the best of times” to go out Urbexing.
I understand the argument. Trust me.
After all, many places worthy of an urbex exploration have been deserted, and security around them is lax, to say the least.
I’ll admit I was briefly very tempted. Then I tought about it some more.
While it is true there are possible great opportunities, there are a few other issues at play here…
The first one is that Covid-19 is extremely contagious.
The virus’ capacity to be easily transmitted is the reason why people are asked to practice social distancing (stay at least 6 feet away from others).
Yet, one of the primal rule of safe Urbexing is to be accompanied by a buddy, in case of trouble (see here, for more Urbex safety tips). That buddy might be required to help you climb a wall, help prevent a fall, or he might need to push you out of the path of a moving object. These things are difficult to accomplish from six feet away.
In other words, one of the primary directive of a safe urbex outing directly contradicts one the primary Covid-19 isolation requirement.
Another issue is that, as we previously talked at length, Urbex is a inherently dangerous activity, which could lead to a slip, a fall, or any other sort of physical mishap. If one of those were to happen, you would then require medical assistance, depriving others of the use of an ambulance, a doctor’s time, and even, perhaps, a hospital room.
Not a great idea at a time when medical resources are overstretched by a global pandemic.
So is Urbex a no-no for a while ? Not quite.
As a matter of fact, over the next few days, I’ll talk about a few urbex activities you can do while being in isolation at home.
Those include scouting new destinations on google map, working on your post-production skills (isolation works great with photoshop) or simply optimizing urbex specific physical preparedness (tractions anyone ?).
Stay safe everyone. At home.