'Recreate Responsibly Idaho' campaign aims to make outdoor recreation safe
BOISE - Outdoor recreation remains a great way for Idahoans to take care of their physical, mental, and emotional health during the coronavirus situation, but Governor Brad Little and natural resource managers urge everyone to protect their health and the welfare of others while hiking, biking, fishing or doing other activities.
Recreate Responsibly Idaho is new campaign that offers guidelines for Idahoans who want to recreate outdoors. Information about outdoor recreation opportunities and other information is available at https://coronavirus.idaho.gov/recreate-responsibly/.
Those who want to recreate outdoors should consider carefully before traveling outside of their home county while the statewide stay-home order is in place.
Everyone must work to keep areas open for recreation during the COVID-19 crisis. By following the Recreate Responsibly Idaho guidelines, people can minimize closures resulting from people overcrowding areas and ignoring social distancing.
State and federal lands and many other recreational areas are largely open for day use, even under the Governor's statewide stay-home order, but people must recreate responsibly by observing social distancing, limiting how far they travel, and reducing their impacts on any place they visit.
"People should get outside and get some fresh air," Little said. "It's healthy and reduces the stress we're all feeling these days. But it has to be done responsibly with people protecting their health and the health of the larger community."
Recreate Responsibly Idaho is a campaign to improve the outdoor experience for everyone, backed by Little, Idaho and federal resource agencies, and outdoor industry groups.
Those who want to recreate, please:
Have fun outdoors and stay safe!
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