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How to Stay Safe When Outdoors

Winter doesn’t stop Minnesotans from enjoying the outdoors, and COVID-19 shouldn’t either! Getting outside is an essential outlet for stress during these challenging times. You can still make full use of the many great parks, trails, outdoor skating, skiing, and hunting opportunities we have available to us. However, there are a few new restrictions to be aware of before you go.

  • Outdoor recreation is permitted with people from up to three total households (a maximum of 15 people), including your own.

  • Be careful to maintain at least 6 feet of distance between you and other groups of households.

  • Outdoor equipment can still be rented as long as it is sanitized between uses. Do not share items and equipment with anyone outside of your household until it is sanitized.

  • Exercise caution with shared amenities like playground equipment, picnic tables, and benches. Wash your hands or use hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol if you do use shared equipment.

  • You may still participate in guided and instructional activities with up to three households, 15 people max—like fishing or birding—that allow for six feet of social distancing and follow the DNR’s guidelines on outdoor recreation .

  • Try to visit public outdoor areas at times when they are less busy, such as mid-week, or early or late in the day on a weekend. If you arrive at a public outdoor area and it is crowded, find another location where you are able to keep at least six feet of space between you and other households.

  • Wear a mask or cloth face covering.

For more information and guidelines for outdoor activities, see the COVID-19 Outdoor Recreation, Facilities and Public Guidelines and the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR) and Department of Health (MDH) guidelines on outdoor recreation.

Public pools and aquatic facilities

  • All pools and aquatic facilities are open to the public as of January 4.

  • Pools and aquatic facilities must operate at 25 percent capacity.

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