When was the last time you saw police out in the mountains in Hong Kong? Possibly never. So, it’s up to you to police your group size and abide by the rules. They are in place for a reason. As Hong Kong faces its third wave of coronavirus, the government enforced a four-person rule which as of Wednesday has been reduced to two. Most of Hong Kong is complying. But when you hit the trails, there are still large groups of hikers chin-wagging their way across the hills. One group might not make a difference to the overall picture of the global pandemic, but beating the coronavirus requires everyone to make small and selfless decisions every day. If everyone gets on board, then individual decisions add up to a quicker road to recovery. No one but you can monitor your group sizes on the trails, so please behave sensibly. We are all suffering from “ pandemic fatigue ”. It has been going on for months with no end in sight. The motivation to social distance is plummeting. All plans are indefinitely on hold. We would give anything for the feeling of camaraderie at a crowded trail race finish line or a big group hike. But if we want normality back, we all have to socially distance now, whether we can get away with crowds in the hills or not. It is easy to rationalise why hiking in groups isn’t that important: It is outside, so isn’t as bad. Everyone is crammed on the MTR, so what difference does hiking in a group of 10 make? We will spread out so we are never actually in a big group. We are young and healthy so are not at risk anyway. Just because there is another rule that seems to contradict the group size, like public transport, does not make it right to flaunt them in the hills. We can only do what we can, and that is to hike in pairs for now. Do not let the group sizes put you off hiking or trail running though. It is still important that you are exercising and looking after your health, just make sure it is only with one other person until the rules are scaled back. In the Guidelines on prevention of coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) for the general public by the Department of Health, it says: “Build up good body resistance and maintain a healthy lifestyle. This can be achieved through balanced diet, regular exercise and adequate rest.” Not to mention the mental health benefits. Working from home, financial uncertainty, worrying about everyone’s health and the seemingly never-ending bad news is stressful. But exercising, even for short periods, can help reduce stress . The added bonus of hiking is that time in nature has also been shown to reduce stress and improve mental well-being. We are all in this together. For your own benefit and health, I look forward to passing you on a hiking trail soon. But I hope to see you with just one other hiking partner for the time being.