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According to the CDC, staying physically active is one of the best ways to keep your mind and body healthy. There are a number of ways to stay active during lock-downs and as things start opening up.

Parks and Recreational Facilities

In many areas, people can visit parks, trails, and open spaces as a way to relieve stress, get some fresh air, and stay active.  Below are some thing you can do to protect yourself and others while visiting parks and recreational facilities.

  • Stay close to home!  Visit parks that are close to your home.
  • Check with the park or recreation area in advance to prepare safely and to find out if the bathroom facilities are open and what services are available.
  • Practice Social Distancing in Public Areas. Stay at least 6 feet away from others to prevent the spread of COVID-19.
  • Wear a cloth face covering where feasible.
  • Carefully consider use of playgrounds, and help children follow guidelines.
  • Social distance during water activities.  Continue to practice social distancing in swimming pools, hot tubs, and water playgrounds.
  • Avoid crowded areas, even outdoors.
  • Stay home if you feel sick, are running a fever or showing any other signs of illness.
  • When you get home, wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.


  • Many fitness facilities are offering options for online reservations and check-in systems. Use these when available.
  • When possible, seek facilities with outdoor space.
  • Use social distancing (at least 6 feet apart) and limit physical contact
  • Ensure equipment is clean and disinfected. Wipe down machines and equipment with disinfecting wipes before and after use.
  • Use hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol before using machines.
  • Do not share items that cannot be cleaned, sanitized, or disinfected between use, such as resistance bands and weightlifting belts.
  • When you get home, wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
  • Shower as soon as possible after your workout.


Overall, be sure to maintaining a healthy environment as you branch out and pick up on physical activities. We are in the midst of summer months and usage of pools and recreational facilities are likely to increase.  It is important to take safety

Source: CDC