The Respite of Trails and Outdoor Recreation
New article from American Trails
Posted on 24.03.2020
Trails As Health and Safety Inspiration in the Age of Coronavirus
America’s incomparable system of national scenic, historic, and recreational trails is the perfect way to sustain your mental and physical health, while maintaining the social distancing that is required in these challenging times.
While this is an American Trail story it has a good message for all Queenslanders too! (QORF)
With the onset of COVID-19, and the challenging isolation required of us all, American Trails would like to suggest that trails, parks, and outdoor recreation are the ideal way to kick your cabin fever, without exposing yourself to the coronavirus.
Care must be practiced throughout the experience , but when done thoughtfully and carefully, trails are inherently perfect as social distancing tools. You really can’t help but maintain appropriate social distancing while using a trail.
American Trails and our partners in the trail and outdoor recreation communities invite all of those who are no longer able to visit tourism or hospitality venues during the pandemic lock-down to safely enjoy the healthy option of an independently enjoyed hike, bike, run, or ride on America’s system of scenic open space trails!
When you go ...
As schools close and cities cancel public events and recommend people avoid busy places, public health experts say trails and parks are a safer option when looking for recreation. When you head out to a trail, please remember the following:
- If you plan to visit a trail check beforehand to ensure that it is still open to the public.
- Keep a distance of 1.5 metres between yourself and others at all times.
- Do not touch public services, such as benches or water fountains, unless necessary.
- Wash your hands thoroughly before and after outdoor recreation and after touching any public surfaces.
- If you are sick you should stay home.
These are challenging times, but one thing is clear, our fellow American’s will need relief and respite now more than ever. Trails, outdoor recreation, and our amazing open spaces can well serve that need. We are all in this together, and American Trails offers up this inspiration that trails have always and will continue to save people.
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