Parks and Rec on COVID-19

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As concerns about the Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak continue to grip our nation, the Town of Blacksburg realizes that many people will take to the outdoors to help reduce stress and anxiety.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has flagged mental health as a top concern associated with the COVID-19 outbreak. It’s true that social distancing can take a toll on our mental health during these times. While our parks, playgrounds and trails provide an opportunity to clear our heads with physical activity and fresh air, there are a few common sense steps we can all take for a safer outdoor experience.

  • Refrain from using parks or trails if you are exhibiting symptoms.
  • Follow the CDC’s guidance on personal hygiene prior to and during use of park facilities.
  • Adhere to the 10 person or less government mandate for social gatherings. This includes outdoor picnicking, sporting activities, and other group hangouts.
  • Observe the CDC’s minimum recommended social distancing of 6 feet from other individuals at all times. If this is not possible, users should find an alternate location or depart that space.

Our goal is to keep parks, playgrounds, trails and other open spaces accessible as long as it is safe to do so.