COVID-19 has completely reshaped daily life. While it may be tempting to begin resuming normal life as the summer months approach, it is necessary to take proper precautions and maintain safe social distancing even as parts of the country begin to reopen. There is still a lot of uncertainty at this time, so it is always better to stay on the safe side and err on the side of caution.
This doesn't, however, mean you can't enjoy outdoor summer activities. As of now, the CDC, recommends staying physically active. It's one of the best ways to keep your mind and body healthy. In many areas, people can visit parks, hike trails, or be in open spaces as a way to relieve stress, get some fresh air and vitamin D, stay active and safely connect with others.
It is important to follow the steps below to protect yourself and others from COVID-19:
DO Visit parks that are close to your home Prepare before you visit (this includes bringing facemasks, sanitizer, and any essentials you might need in the event of coming across other people) Stay at least 6 feet away from others (“social distancing”) and take other steps to prevent COVID-19 Play it safe around and in swimming pools. Keep space between yourself and others
DON’T Visit parks if you are sick or were recently exposed to COVID-19 Visit crowded parks Use playgrounds Participate in organized activities or sports
It is important to keep in mind that parks will only be open at the discretion of state and local authorities, so be sure to research if the park you're planning to visit will be open ahead of time.
National parks will be open on a park-by-park basis as well, so be sure to check the National Park Service website to determine whether the park you're planning to visit will be open.
Beaches and swimming areas will be open at the discretion of state and local authorities as well. You should also check ahead of time to see if visitor centers and bathroom facilities at these places will be available, so you can determine what you need to bring with you.
Swimming does carry some health risks. Visit CDC’s Healthy Swimming website for information to help you prevent illness and drowning, while having fun and enjoying the health benefits of swimming.
As we all are surely aware by now, be sure to STAY 6 FEET AWAY from others and to WASH YOUR HANDS OFTEN for 20 seconds with soap and water, and to cover your mouth if you cough or sneeze.
Avoid gathering with others outside of your household