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How to safely spend time outdoors during "stay-at-home" order

The state's "stay-at-home" order allows for running, walking, hiking, fishing, and biking.

MAINE, USA — Maine is now under a stay-at-home order in an effort to curb the spread of the coronavirus, however, that order does allow for residents to get outdoors. 

According to the order issued by Governor Janet Mills earlier this week, some outdoor activities and exercise are still allowed. 

Things like running, walking, hiking, fishing, and biking are all still permitted as long as you follow social distancing guidelines and stay six feet apart from others. The order also allows for animals to be taken outside for walks as well. 

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According to the Department of Agriculture, Conservation, and Forestry, Reid State Park, Popham Beach State Park, Fort Popham, Fort Baldwin, Kettle Cove State Park, Two Lights State Park, Crescent Beach State Park, Scarborough Beach State Park, Ferry Beach State Park, and Mackworth Island are all closed. 

There are many other places to enjoy the fresh air, however. The Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife suggests spending time outdoors where other people are not. Visiting a lesser-known spot and or places close to home are an option, as well a visiting a nearby Wildlife Management Area, or less trafficked state park, public land or local land trust.

The MDIFW also suggests having a plan B (and C) if your first destination has a busy parking lot or others are in the area. Maine Trail Finder is a resource to find public trails in your area you may not have known about.

The best way to spend time outdoors while still practicing social distancing, however, is in your own backyard and neighborhood. 

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Other suggestions from the MDACF include not hiking or recreating in groups, and only going out with people who live within your household. Also, practice social distancing and stay a distance of at least 6’ apart, per CDC guidelines. It is also a good idea to carry hand sanitizer and use it often, as well as avoiding touching your face, eyes, and nose and stay home if you feel sick. 

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