How to head for the great outdoors safely

Monday, June 1, 2020by  PEMCO Insurance

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With warmer weather and select state and local park lands open for day use, you have more options for healthy, socially distanced recreation to help cure your cabin fever. Both Washington and Oregon's park websites give an updated rundown of what's open and closed (which can change day-to-day, based on usage and risk).

GettyImages-1224922596.jpg Check them before you go, and keep these tips in mind to ensure you and fellow park goers enjoy a worry-less, live-more outing:

  • Feeling under-the-weather? Save your adventure for another day.
  • Does the park look crowded? Move on to a more secluded spot.
  • Keep your visit short and sweet. In addition to campgrounds, which are closed, restrooms and other facilities are likely closed, too. (If you're picnicking, don't forget the hand sanitizer since there won't be anywhere to wash up before you eat.)
  • Wear a face mask on trails and anywhere you may encounter fellow park-goers.
  • Keep at least six feet of distance between you and people who don't live in your household.
  • Be kind to park rangers. If they give you a reminder to increase distance, it's not because they want to ruin your fun. They just want to see you back again, healthy and happy!

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Comments on this post

personRuth Ann Stacy06/11/2020 08:49 AM
Since there are so many who carry the virus but don’t have symptoms, it is a kind and healthy thing to wear a mask when nearing someone on a trail. This makes sense to me. Stay healthy and be kind.
personJames fulton 06/09/2020 08:10 PM
I have a 4 day reservation at a state park, not all parks are closed to camping..
personJeanne Barnum06/09/2020 02:44 PM
This is absolutely ridiculous and lacks any common sense. It is wrong in so many ways that I can't even begin to list them all. Innumerable studies have shown that viruses disperse outdoors, they don't spread and that UV rays kill viruses. Non-infected people should not wear masks.
personPEMCO Insurance06/01/2020 04:28 PM
We agree! Thanks for the suggestion -- done!
personDavid Jamieson06/01/2020 04:03 PM
How about adding a family taking  a hike wearing face masks in the photo at  since you recommend wearing them.

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