At a time when a serious public health crisis is unfolding at home and around the world, we would like to offer you some guidelines on how to get out as responsibly as possible.
For many of us, outdoor recreation is an important aspect of daily life that, like many other things, will require serious adjustments.
It’s good to get a change of air
Right now, protecting the health of those around you is the most important thing you can do. Having said that, social distancing does not necessarily mean staying cooped up in the house, moping around and going around in circles.
To maintain a semblance of morale and eliminate anxiety, GO OUT a little… while staying in your bubble. As many studies point out, going outside has many health benefits – physically and mentally. In fact, over sixty years of scientific research has proven that being outdoors in nature, or even just enjoying the natural scenery, helps reduce stress hormones, hypertension, type II diabetes, cardiovascular disease and premature death. Being in nature helps us feel connected to something bigger than ourselves.
In short, nature can indeed help support us in these difficult times, especially since we are forced to slow down our pace. So don’t deprive yourself of it! We need nature’s comfort more than ever.
Taking a cautious approach
Things change from day to day. At the time of writing, national and regional parks and many outdoor and adventure businesses are closed. Guidelines on social distancing are becoming stricter and stricter. Outdoor areas such as play modules, climbing areas and trailheads have been closed by the authorities.
We hope that these guidelines will have some longevity, but in any case, please use your own judgement and take the most cautious approach possible.
Also, be aware that many people around you are looking to you for guidance and direction in everything that happens outdoors. As a community, we do our best to be civic-minded and public-minded. Often this is in the context of protecting our public lands, but right now it is also in the context of protecting the well-being of everyone around you. Help your friends and family to act with care and attention.
Be safe outdoors. It’s going to be okay!