Staying Safe During Outdoor Activities

 In General

It has been about a week since Governor Gary Herbert announced Utah’s State parks would open to all visitors. Utah’s state parks were limited to only in-county residents for several weeks to help stop the spread of COVID-19. Now that the weather is warmer and people are finding ways to get out of the house, how can we stay safe outside during the coronavirus pandemic? For the most part, it’s fine to walk or hike outside in uncrowded areas. But there are some things to keep in mind.

 

Social Distancing is still in effect

Getting outside into the fresh air and nature is good for us. And right now, it’s really one of the only things we can do as many stores and restaurants remain closed. Our governor and park officials are still asking us to continue to keep six feet between themselves and others and recreate responsibly. Remember, activities that involve groups of people or physical contact are still a no-go. (Think things like a pickup game of soccer or football.)

 

Check in with parks before visiting

It’s a good idea to call ahead to the parks before visiting. Some of them may have closed early because they’ve reached visitor capacity. Sand Hollow, Gunlock and Quail Creek all had to close early after re-opening to visitors because they were overwhelmed with crowds. If you’re looking to get outside in the nice weather, chances are others are too.

 

Exercising outdoors

Since gyms have closed, I have noticed so many people getting outside for walks, runs or bike rides. It’s a great way to get some fresh air and exercise in, but you’ll want to try to maintain social distancing. Maybe you’re wondering if you’re safe or putting others at risk with your ‘huffing and puffing.’ Doctors say coronavirus spreads mostly through droplets expelled via coughing and sneezing, but the six-foot rule should do the trick in keeping you, and others safe. You can try and stay even more safe by choosing routes that have less foot traffic. If you come to a cross walk use your elbow to activate the crosswalk button instead of your hand. And consider using the sidewalk or trails instead of the road to reduce the odds of getting in an accident.

 

Do you have any other tips for staying safe while enjoying the outdoors during the coronavirus pandemic? Let us know!

 

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