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Enjoying the great outdoors in a COVID-19 world

The warmer days have let us know that it’s time to enjoy one of the best things about living in Northern Nevada — the great outdoors. And the bonus is that being outside helps your energy and your immune system. However, our recreational activities will require more planning and vigilance now that we’re all living in a COVID-19 world.

As much fun as it is to mountain bike, hike or run with friends, it’s important to protect them by not spending time together right now. Until we know more, it’s safest to spend your outdoor recreational time (as with all your time) with members of your own household. If you do meet others on the trail, stay six feet apart and give ample room to pass.

Follow state, and CDC guidance outdoors, just like you would anywhere else:

  • Stay home if you feel sick or are experiencing any symptoms like coughing, shortness of breath or fever
  • Maintain a safe distance (at least six feet) between yourself and other groups
  • Carry a mask in case you find yourself in a congested area near others
  • Pack hand sanitizer or disinfecting wipes to use If you must touch common surfaces like handrails or gates
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth; and cover your mouth and nose when you cough or sneeze

BLM-managed lands are open, though visitor centers and public rooms are not. You can check the status of recreation sites and facilities here. As long as we all enjoy our outdoor lands in a safe and responsible manner, they should stay open. Here is how the BLM (and many others) define safe and responsible:

  • Bring your own supplies such as disinfecting wipes, hand sanitizer and toilet paper
  • Pack out your trash
  • Reduce the handling of cash by paying recreation fees through or with a check where available

General safety guidelines

In addition to the COVID-19 guidelines, here are some links to other precautions to take to ensure safety while playing outside:

If you do experience a bone or joint injury, we can most likely get you in to save you a trip to the emergency room. And if you’re already dealing with pain or injury, give us a call at (775) 786-1600.

For information on the extra precautions we’re taking because of COVID-19, visit our home page.