A third wave of the coronavirus has hit Hong Kong with a vengeance, shocking residents with high numbers of new cases daily. Restaurants have been ordered to close for dinner service while bars, cinemas and karaoke lounges have once again shut their doors. So, too, have fitness centres, leaving gym rats with nowhere to go except outside. Hong Kong Island’s waterfront promenade is a fantastic space, allowing the public to walk or jog from the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre, in Wan Chai, all the way to Kennedy Town – about a 7km (4.3-mile) stretch. Because there is little shade along the way, a hat or an umbrella and plenty of sunscreen are necessary to protect against the sun. But it’s the runners we really need protection from. While I always wear a mask when outside, many hardcore fitness fanatics don’t, despite regulations requiring them to do so . Yes, I know it’s hard to breathe while wearing a mask, but can you at least practise social distancing, please? There is nothing more unsettling on this walkway than hearing the heavy pounding of feet and laboured breathing of a runner coming up from behind, or watching as they approach head on, open-mouthed, gasping for air, and then feeling them graze your body as they pass. And all while knowing that proximity to anyone not wearing a mask increases the risk of infection. Many runners go shirtless, their ripped bodies dripping with sweat as they weave in and out of pedestrians at high speed, spattering us with droplets of sweat. It’s disgusting, unhygienic and potentially dangerous. On one recent hot summer’s day, I was treated to the sight of a shirtless runner who was sweating so much his black underwear was showing through his shorts. With Covid-19 cases surging in Hong Kong, it seems we are going to be seeing a lot more of each other along the waterfront. Of course, I get it, the runners are trying to raise their heart rates to burn calories and keep those eye-popping muscles toned. And I understand the frustration of being stuck behind people walking four abreast – which is why I try to be mindful and not get in the way. But the waterfront promenade is not a racetrack, so how about being respectful of others and practising social distancing when getting your daily workout?