Thinking of Hitting the Trail During COVID-19? Answer These 5 Questions First.

Whether hiking, bicycling, riding on horseback or participating in motorized recreation nearly everyone uses trails for a similar goal – to spend time outdoors. This time outside, whether a short walk down a paved trail to work in an urban setting, or a hike to a point reachable to only a few Americans makes trail users happier people. We all know that spending time outdoors can improve our personal health in many ways like lessening anxiety, decreasing depression, boosting creativity, and increasing optimism.

But during this time of crisis, not all recreation is responsible. Before you go on any outdoor adventures you need to ask yourself these questions to confirm if your plans are safe and appropriate.

  1. Do I have the potential to come within six feet of people who are not a part of my household?
  2. Does this activity put me at risk for potential rescue, straining local resources?
  3. Am I coming into contact with surfaces that can hold and transfer the virus?
  4. ill this put me in closer contact with vulnerable populations, such as those with compromised immune systems, persons over the age of 65, or those who are pregnant?
  5. Do I need to travel outside of my local community to do this?

If you can answer YES to ANY of these questions, please alter your plans to keep your community safe by finding another form of recreation, a different location, or staying home.

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