People out in the sunshine on 1st day of stay at home order

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INDIANAPOLIS (WTHR) - It was the kind of spring day not to be missed, perfect for the Khans to take their new baby girl for a stroll in Indy’s Herron Morton neighborhood.

“We have little Ayla. She is 8 weeks old,” mom Sanam Khan said.

“We’re trying to help her see some of the outside and get some fresh air as well,” dad Omar Khan said.

The Khans’ outing came on the first day of the governor’s "stay-at-home" order, which allows for people to get outside and exercise while maintaining social distance to protect the spread of coronavirus.

“You have an infant and you have grandparents and you have people that are susceptible to it, so a lot of people say, ‘I can’t get it, it won’t affect me’ but you have somebody in your life that it can affect and it would affect, so, just trying to be cautious for everybody,” Omar said.

That’s why Antonio Medina was running alone Wednesday afternoon. He usually runs with a group. COVID-19 has changed that for now.

“We’re avoiding the gathering of people, so we’re kind of running and tagging each other on Facebook, just to kind of keep going with our lives,” Medina said.

Everywhere you looked, it seemed everyone had the same idea, getting out in the sunshine to do something. On the Monon Trail, bicyclists like Mary Welter took advantage of the weather.

“The suns out, so I’m out for a nice ride,” Welter said.

Dale Shaw did the same.

“I hooked up with a friend. We stayed 6 feet apart and we took a 22-mile bike ride and just talked and got reunited and we thought we’d be the only ones out here, but we found out it’s just been flooded. There’s more people than cars,” Shaw said.

It was the same story at the canal, with families talking walks outside and others just by themselves, but everyone working off a little cabin fever.

“It definitely feels good to get out and see people. We still have a life and we’re going to get through this time,” said Doctor Neal Ramchandani as he strolled along the canal with his dog Max.

Ramchandani is a general surgery resident and said while he hasn’t been treating patients with coronavirus, the days have been long for doctors, nurses and medical staff who have.

“I think everyone’s feeling it, and we’re kind of preparing for the worst and hoping for the best,” Ramchandani said.

Some of that hope came from being just outside being outside, Ramchandani said, interacting with others, even at a distance.

“He’s a terrible social distancer,” Ramchandani said of his dog.