Fireminds Create 1/2 Mile Measuring Online Map

April 5, 2020

Fireminds has created an online tool to help people find out where their 1/2 mile limit for exercise is, with an easy to use website allowing people to click where they live on a map to create a circle showing the 1/2 mile span.

The 1/2 mile limit is mandated by the Emergency Powers Regulations which states that people can go “for a walk or run, alone or with one other member of the same household, for a maximum period of sixty minutes per day during the hours of 7am to 7pm only, remaining at all times within a distance of one kilometre [half a mile] from his home.”

Update | Screenshot from the regulations with the relevant part circled:

Screenshot (1.2 mile)

“The Fireminds software team wanted to provide a free tool for the community to map out their ½ mile for exercise. We wanted a tool that was easy to use and reduced the need for the people to call BPS and tie up their phone lines. So far today we’ve had 23,734 requests to map a ½ mile circle and people seem very happy with it,” a spokesperson told Bernews.

While the tool is not an official one, and is just being provided by Fireminds to help people get an idea of what the 1/2 mile limit may be and you should always check yourself to ensure that you are within limits, it provides a helpful idea of the approximate area you should limit yourself to.

Screenshot from the website:

fireminds took to help measure distance

The regulations also note that everyone should always maintain “appropriate social distancing” as in “maintaining a distance of at least two metres [six feet] between all persons who are not members of the same household, and includes such further directions as are published by the Minister of Health on the website”

Meaning if you are out walking or running, and you see someone from another household, you should stay at least 6 feet away, and also as noted by the police today, the regulations pertain to walking or running, and pedal cycling is not permitted.

You can visit the Fireminds map here.

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  1. David says:

    The Regulations mandate a one kilometre distance, which isn’t half a mile……

    • Question says:

      Yes. The regulations say one kilometer or half a mile. Which, confusingly, aren’t the same distance.
      And yet we can be put in prison for 6 months for breaking these confusing and badly thought-out rules.

  2. H. Jack says:

    S-I-P say 1 km (1/2 mile).
    One kilometer = 1,000 m.
    1/2 mile = 800 m.

  3. Smh says:

    Thank you

  4. Jonathan Smith says:

    This would have been more useful had it been calibrated to 1KM, the maximum permissible distance in the Regulations.

  5. Malachi51 says:

    Google Earth/Maps has a measuring feature built in. On every Android phone!

  6. Joe Bloggs says:

    Thank you Fireminds, but is your circle 1/2 mile or 0,6213 of a mile (which would be 1 km)?

    • Fireminds says:

      Hi All – We updated the web app this morning to allow 1/2 mile or 1km. The choice is yours :)

      • Yves says:

        Thank you. Great idea and helpful.

  7. Elvis says:

    Stay the &&&&& at home

  8. Jane Vickers says:

    THANK YOU Fireminds, very kind of you to try to help us see quickly and easily approximately how far we can exercise from home. Be kind kind.