Visiting Dodge County Parks and Trails
Protect Yourself and Others from COVID-19
Staying physically active is one of the best ways to keep your mind and body healthy. In many areas, people can visit parks, trails, and open spaces as a way to relieve stress, get some fresh air and vitamin D, stay active, and safely connect with others.
Know Before You Go: While these facilities and areas can offer health benefits, it is important that you follow the steps below to protect yourself and others from COVID-19.
PREPARE BEFORE YOU VISIT
Check the website in advance to be sure you know which areas or services are open and bring what you need with you.
Please monitor our website www.dodgeparks.com or Facebook page www.facebook.com/Dodge.Cty.Parks for updates.
- Visit parks that are close to your home.
- Prepare before you visit.
- Stay at least 6 feet away from others (“social distancing”) and take other steps to prevent COVID-19.
- Keep space between yourself and others.
DO - VISIT PARKS THAT ARE CLOSE TO YOUR HOME
Traveling long distances to visit a park may contribute to the spread of COVID-19 as:
- Most travel requires you to stop along the way or be in close contact with others.
- Travel may also expose you to surfaces contaminated with the virus that causes COVID-19.
DO - STAY SIX (6) FEET AWAY FROM OTHERS "SOCIAL DISTANCING" AND TAKE OTHER STEPS TO PREVENT COVID-19
If a park or trail is open for public use, visiting is okay as long as you practice social distancing and everyday steps such as washing hands often and covering coughs and sneezes. Follow these actions when visiting a park or trail:
- Stay at least six (6) feet from others at all times. This might make some open areas, trails, and paths better to use. Do not go into a crowded area.
- Avoid gathering with others outside of your household.
- Wash hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom, before eating, and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.
- Bring hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol to use if soap and water are not available.
- Visit parks if you are sick or were recently exposed to COVID-19.
- Visit crowded parks.
- Use playgrounds.
- Participate in organized activities or sports.
- If you are sick with COVID-19, were recently exposed (within 14 days) to someone with COVID-19,
or just don’t feel well, do not visit public areas including parks or recreational facilities.
- Follow recommended steps to take if you are sick.
DON'T - VISIT CROWDED PARKS
- Do not visit parks where you cannot stay at least SIX (6) FEET away from others at all time.
- Try another park or trail location that is less populated.
DON'T - USE PLAYGROUNDS
- Do not use playgrounds.
- Using playgrounds might lead to the spread of COVID-19 because:
- They are often crowded and could easily exceed recommended guidance for gatherings.
- It is not feasible to keep surfaces clean and disinfected.
- The virus can spread when young children touch contaminated equipment and then touch their hands to their eyes, nose, or mouth.
- In general, most organized activities and sports such as basketball, baseball, soccer, and football that are held on park fields, open areas, and courts are not recommended. These activities and sports typically require coaches and athletes who are not from the same household or living unit to be in close proximity, which increases their potential for exposure to COVID-19.
Thank you for your continued support and understanding during this difficult time. As always, Happy Trails!
Any questions, concerns or to report an issue in a park, please contact us: email@example.com or 920-382-0262 (Temporary Phone Number).