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Trails & COVID-19

Reducing community spread of coronavirus is imperative for the health of everyone in our communities. The Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protections asks visitors to Connecticut State Parks and Forests to take the following steps to enhance “social distancing” when enjoying the outdoors. The same recommendations are relevant to all our shared outdoor spaces in Connecticut. 

  • If you’re not feeling well, stay home! Signs and symptoms of coronavirus include fever, cough and shortness of breath.
  • Rather than traveling to some of the most popular spots in the state, like Hammonasset Beach State Park, Sleeping Giant State Park, or Bluff Point State Park, try a park or open space you haven't visited before or one that is close to your home. Because most park and forest facilities do not have open restrooms, visitors are encouraged to plan a trip to a nearby park for a short, local visit. 
  • If you arrive at a park and crowds are forming, choose a different park or trail, or return another day or time. CT Trail Finder will be a great resource for finding nearby trails!
  • Observe the CDC's minimum recommended social distancing of six feet from other people, whether you’re walking, biking, or hiking. Practice it and know what it looks like.
  • Warn other trail users of your presence. Signal your presence with your voice, bell, or horn. Keep minimum recommended distance between you and others when you are passing or being passed.  
  • Follow the CDC’s guidance on personal hygiene prior to heading to the park. Wash your hands, carry hand sanitizer, cover your mouth and nose when coughing or sneezing, and avoid surfaces that are touched often, such as doorknobs, handrails, and equipment.
  • Bring water or drinks. Public drinking fountains may be disabled and should not be used, even if operable.
  • Bring a suitable trash bag. Leave no trash, take everything out of the park to protect park workers.

Click here to read more detailed guidelines for visiting CT State Parks this summer.

For more information on COVID-19, visit the following websites:

CT Department of Health

US Centers for Disease Control

World Health Organization

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