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Stay Safe During Outdoor Activity

wash hands often

Wash hands often

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Stay home when sick

stay six feet apart

Stay 6 feet apart

How to Stay Safe When Outdoors

During the summer months, many Minnesotans want to get out and enjoy the many great parks, lakes, and trails we have available to us. We also want to take advantage of the nice weather to get together with family, friends, and neighbors. Here are some tips for doing these things safely.

Keep social gatherings to 25 people or less unless they are members of your household. This includes gatherings like outdoor cookouts or barbecues.

Tip: Stay at least 6 feet from people from other households. This includes in parks, on trails, at boat launches, hunting lands, and all other outdoor areas.

Consider visiting 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 6 feet of space between people more easily.

Tip: Wear a mask or cloth face covering when you are in areas where keeping at least 6 feet of space between people is difficult.

Try to minimize sharing items and equipment, and if you do, wash your hands or use hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol once you are done.

Tip: 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.

For more information on guidelines for outdoor activities, see the COVID-19 Outdoor Recreation, Facilities and Public Guidelines.
 

Public pools and aquatic facilities

 
Pools can now be open. They need to limit the number of people at the pool at one time.

You should continue to stay at least 6 feet from people who are not in your household when at the pool.
 
Wear a mask or cloth face covering when you are not in the pool. Do not wear a mask or cloth face covering when swimming. 
 
Wash your hands or use hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol before and after using shared items or equipment. 
 
If possible, use touchless payment (pay without touching money, a card, or a keypad). If you must handle money, a card, or use a keypad, use hand sanitizer right after paying.
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