Enjoying Outdoors During the Pandemic

Cabin fever and warm weather encourage people to get outside and enjoy nature for recreation, education and an environmental adventure. It’s good for your heart, soul, and mental well-being.
It’s important to consider the well-being of others during the new COVID-19 way of life. Rivers, trails, and parks provide plenty of room to stay socially distant and still enjoy yourself. Here are a few tips to increase that enjoyment:

  • Know before you go: Check the status of the place you want to visit. If it is closed, don’t go. If it’s crowded, have a plan B. Visit this page for paddling and river level info.
  • Stay close to home: This is no time to travel long distances to recreate. Most places are only open for day use.
  • Plan: Prepare for facilities to be closed, pack lunch, and bring essentials like hand sanitizer and a face covering.
  • Practice physical distancing: Adventure only with your immediate household. Be prepared to cover your nose and mouth and give others space. If you are sick, stay home!
  • Play it safe: Slow down and choose lower-rise activities to reduce your risk of injury. Search and rescue operations and health care resources are both strained.
  • Leave no trace: Respect public lands and communities and take all your garbage back home with you.
  • Be grateful for what we have: We are fortunate to have numerous and accessible waterways, ponds, lakes and trails to enjoy. Please respect our environment and do what you can to keep it clean and safe.

Source: American Canoe Association and Chemung River Friends in Elmira, N.Y.

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