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Is It Safe to Go to the Park During the Coronavirus Pandemic?

Keep this in mind the next time you get some fresh air during the coronavirus pandemic

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Due to the coronavirus, which has spread rapidly through multiple countries around the world including the United States, people not considered essential workers have been self-quarantining and social distancing. And while it is still permissible to go outside and get fresh air, are you allowed to go to your local park during the pandemic?

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While staying physically active with at-home workouts is a great alternative to the gym, getting outside is a good way to de-stress during the coronavirus pandemic. But it can be unclear whether venturing outdoors for anything but trips to the grocery store is safe.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, it is safe to go outside for some fresh air during coronavirus quarantine, but there are some guidelines you need to follow. The CDC recommends only visiting parks that are close to your home and continuing to social distance. This means you must stay at least 6 feet away from others to prevent the virus from spreading. You should always be aware of local guidelines and restrictions, too, before heading out.

Authorities say that washing your hands is one of the best ways to protect yourself from the virus. When you return from your local park, be sure to wash your hands for 20 seconds with soap and water.

The CDC does warn against visiting parks if you have been exposed to the coronavirus or if you are feeling sick. People should also avoid visiting crowded parks, using playgrounds, participating in organized activities or sports, or using water parks or water playgrounds.

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If you do choose to go for a run or walk to relieve some anxiety during the pandemic, make sure you check out our guide for how to properly run outside during coronavirus quarantine.