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users on observing physical distancing minimums - There are
a number of specific recommendations for advising the public to
keep safe physical distancing when
in parks or on trails:
* Follow CDC's guidance on personal hygiene prior to heading
to trails - wash hands, carry
hand sanitizer, do not use trails if

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you have symptoms, cover your
mouth and nose when coughing
or sneezing, and cover your face
when out in parks or on trails.
Observe CDC's minimum recommended social distancing of
six feet from other persons at all
times. Practice keeping this distance and know what it looks like.
Keep it as you walk, bike or hike.
Warn other trail users of your
presence and as you pass to allow
proper distance. Step off trails to
allow others to pass. Keep minimum distances at all times. Signal your presence with voice, bell
or horn and remember that you
are not only protecting yourself,
but also other people.
Note that trail and park users are
more than likely to find public restrooms closed. You should be prepared before you leave home and
time outings so that you are not
dependent on public restrooms.
Bring water or drinks; public
drinking fountains may be disabled and should not be used
even if operable.

* Bring a suitable trash bag to take
whatever trash you might generate on your outing. Leave no
trash and take everything out to
protect park workers.
As the pressure to reopen the
economy and return to more normal patterns of daily life amounts,
local and state governments are already beginning to consider plans
on how they will reopen businesses, government and social life.
Parks and recreation will be included in those decisions, with a high
likelihood of reopening in phased
approaches based on safety, need
for essential services, staff capacity,
budgets and other factors.
There is no question that this is
a fluid and evolving situation. The
experiences of other countries have
shown that more stringent measures may be employed as the arc
of the virus infections increases or
diminishes. State and local governments may continue to restrict
peoples' use of public spaces and
private facilities - even as they
cautiously reopen some parks,
beaches and trails to the public.
This guidance is current today,
but park and recreation professionals and agency directors should
monitor CDC guidance and local,
state and federal requirements daily. For more information and upto-date guidance for park and recreation professionals, visit NRPA's
COVID-19 resource webpage at
nrpa.org/Coronavirus.
This is a revised and updated version of
NRPA's blog post on maintaining physical
distancing in parks and on trails. To read
the original text, visit nrpa.org/Blog.

A park with many people
engaged in various activities, all
at least six feet from one another.

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Richard J. Dolesh is Editor at Large for
Parks & Recreation magazine (rdolesh@
nrpa.org). Allison Colman is Director of
Health at NRPA (acolman@nrpa.org).



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