Guidelines for Outdoor Recreation

Public health guidelines from the Oregon Health Authority for responsible outdoor recreation...

Prepare before you go:
  • Limit your recreation activities, and recreate only with people in your own household
  • Check whatís open before leaving home - Your favorite recreation area may remain closed, or need to be closed on a temporary basis to prevent crowding and protect public health
  • Plan ahead and come prepared as service levels may be different than you are accustomed to
  • Visitors may find limited restroom services available - Plan to bring your own soap, water, hand sanitizer and toilet paper
  • Bring a facial covering to cover your nose and mouth 
  • Bring your own food and water bottle
  • Visit less crowded areas, visit during off-peak times, and have a back-up plan
  • Visit parks and recreation areas close to home, avoid overnight trips to minimize travel outside your immediate area for recreation
  • Not feeling well? Donít go - If you have symptoms of a fever, cough, or shortness of breath, stay home

Take care when you get there:
  • Facial Coverings are required outdoors if unable to maintain physical distancing of six (6) feet or more (as of July 24, 2020, facial coverings are for ages 5 and up)
  • Be safe and responsible by choosing activities within your comfort zone
  • Leave no trace, and pack out what you pack in
  • Maintain your own personal hygiene like washing your hands often, or use hand sanitizer
  • Avoid crowds - Be prepared for last minute changes to ensure the safety and health of others
  • All of the standard ways to protect public health apply in the outdoors too, like maintaining physical distance - Keep at least six (6) feet between you and others enjoying the outdoors
  • Leave at least one parking space between your vehicle and the vehicle next to you
  • It is wildfire season - Please remain safe and vigilant to ensure forest health and safety - Do not start fires in un-designated areas - Check if your campground or park allows outdoor fires before you strike a match - If permitted, make sure you are building a campfire properly and that you have water or an extinguisher on hand - Before you leave, ensure the campfire is out - If it's too hot to touch, it's too hot to leave
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