Summer is on its way to Minnesota and the DNR has released a series of guidelines for outdoor recreation under COVID-19 restrictions.
While it is actively encouraging people to spend time outdoors this summer to "stay healthy" and "reduce stress," the DNR is urging people to follow social distancing guidelines even after the Stay at Home order is brought to an end.
Here's what it is suggesting for spending time outdoors in a way that will help to limit the spread of COVID-19:
– Whether at parks, trails, boat launches, fishing piers, or hunting land, or in fact any time you leave your home, stay at least 6 feet away from people not in your household.
– When not possible to social distance during an outdoor activity – such as a sport like basketball – you should only play with people from your own household.
– Stay as close to home as possible, with the DNR saying: "This is not the time to be traveling long distances to recreate. Cherished outdoor traditions further from home will be there for you later, after the public health situation has eased."
– Don't host or attend outdoor cookouts or backyard barbecues with people who aren't members of your immediate household.
– If you arrive at a park or lake and see that it's busy, go somewhere else nearby. You should also consider going early or late in the day when it's less busy.
– Don't carpool to outdoor recreational sites with people not in your immediate household. Also, don't share equipment with and keep your distance from people outside your household.
– Only boat with those in your household and keep 6 feet away from other boats at all times. Beaching or rafting with other boats is not allowed.
– Given those ahead of you plenty of time and space to launch or load their boat before approaching the launch.
– Avoid congregating in common areas like trailheads, parking areas, overlooks, fishing piers, boat launches or fueling stations.
– Avoid contact with playground equipment, picnic tables, and benches, washing you hands after if you do touch them. Assume they have not been sanitized.
– Anyone with COVID-19 symptoms should stay home and not engage in outdoor activities.
– Wear a mask in places where social distancing is difficult to maintain.