Navigate Outdoor Spaces in the Time of COVID-19

COVID19 Navigating Urban Parks

Nature can help us heal physically, mentally, emotionally and spiritually. There are a lot of positives with more people going out to connect with nature, but it has to be done responsibly and respectfully. Reminders before navigating outdoor spaces:

Before you go:

  • Visit the park’s website and adhere to the latest closures.
  • Choose less frequented parks and trails. Do not park in a crowded parking lot or use a crowded trail.
  • Look for nearby nature to enjoy. Find the hidden nature in your own neighborhood.
  • Many restrooms and facilities are closed; plan ahead before leaving home. 
  • Bring water. Public drinking fountains may be disabled and should not be used, even if operable.
  • If sick, stay home.

While on the trail:

  • Observe CDC’s minimum recommended social distancing of six feet from other people.
  • Share the trail. Warn other trail users of your presence as you pass.
  • Leave no trace. Pack in/pack out your trash to protect park staff and because garbage collection is limited.
  • Take only photos.
  • Travel on durable surfaces to avoid damage to the land, waterways and vegetation.
  • Respect wildlife.
  • Don’t stay long – give others the opportunity to have a safe experience.
  • Clean up after your petFollow park regulations and signage regarding animal companions. Mount Diablo State Park does not allow dogs. Some East Bay Regional Park trails allow leashed dogs. 
  • Do not hold social gatherings at parks or anywhere.

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