Staying physically active is one of the best ways to keep your mind and body healthy. In many areas, people can visit parks, trails, and open spaces as a way to relieve stress, get some fresh air and vitamin D, stay active, and safely connect with others.
While these facilities and areas can offer health benefits, it is important that you follow the steps below to protect yourself and others from COVID-19.
Visit parks that are close to your home: If you are sick with COVID-19, were recently exposed (within 14 days) to someone with COVID-19, or just don’t feel well, do not visit public areas including parks or recreational facilities. Follow recommended steps to take if you are sick.
Traveling long distances to visit a park may contribute to the spread of COVID-19 as: Most travel requires you to stop along the way or be in close contact with others. Travel may also expose you to surfaces contaminated with the virus that causes COVID-19.
Prepare before you visit
Stay at least 6 feet away from others (“social distancing”) and take other steps to prevent COVID-19
Play it safe around and in swimming pools. Keep space between yourself and others
Remember to play it safe around and in swimming pools, and keep space between yourself and others
There is no evidence that COVID-19 can be spread to humans through the water. Proper operation, maintenance, and disinfection (with chlorine or bromine) of pools should kill COVID-19.
Swimming and other water-related activities are excellent ways to get the physical activity needed for a healthy life. If you are not sick or experiencing symptoms of COVID-19, it is safe to use swimming pools as long as steps are taken to reduce the spread of COVID-19:
Practice social distancing by staying at least six feet (two meters) from others.
Avoid large gatherings of more than 10 people.
Keep your hands clean by washing hands with soap and water, especially after going to the bathroom, before eating, and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing. Use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol if soap and water are not available.
Visit parks if you are sick or were recently exposed to COVID-19
Visit crowded parks
Use hot tubs, spas, water playgrounds, or water parks
Participate in organized activities or sports.