How to Stay Safe When Outdoors
Getting outside is an essential outlet for stress during these challenging times. You can 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.
- Individuals may continue to participate in outdoor activities including but not limited to hunting, fishing, trapping, boating, hiking, biking, golfing, picnicking, skiing, skating, and snowshoeing for the purposes of pleasure, rest, exercise, or relaxation.
- Up to 50 people may engage together in these activities with at least six feet of separation between households.
- Guided and instructional activities may include up to 50 people in a group with social distancing between households.
- Outdoor guided and instructional activities may include up to 50 people (previously 25 people) in a group — like fishing or birding — that allow for 6 feet of social distancing and follow the DNR’s guidelines on outdoor recreation .
- Guided and instructional activities may now include more than one guide or instructor.
- 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.
- 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
- Pools and spa pools may be open at 50% (previously 25%) with 6 feet of social distancing and a maximum of 250 persons. On April 1 some larger venues may increase patron count, per the Stay Safe Guidance. If a pool is in a setting with limited capacity (like a gym), pool occupants are counted towards overall facility maximum caps.
- Saunas remain closed.
- Showers and locker rooms are open.