By Mike Boisvert.
There’s nothing healthier than getting away from the crowds, getting outside for some fresh air, and take in nature’s natural beauty! Getting outside and connecting with nature is a way to help maintain our mental and physical health.
With vaccinations on the rise and rates of infection decreasing, the risk of exposure is now low! GO will continue to uphold the well-being of our entire extended community as the top priority while we look for safe ways to advance our mission. As the pandemic continues to evolve, we’ll update our policies and procedures accordingly, always under the expectation that trips will need to be adapted to changing health and safety protocols.
It's easy to maintain social distancing on the trails as everyone hikes at their own pace. Mask mandates have been lifted however you may still want to have one available if we run into crowds of people. As with all places nowadays, please stay home if you're sick or have been around anyone sick.
While hiking might sound strange to combat a global pandemic, research suggests that certain organic compounds released by trees might help boost the immune system. Other studies have shown that exposure to green space reduces stress – something we could all benefit from right now.
If you have a cough, fever or flu-like symptoms, we ask that you refrain from participating in our hikes to protect the safety and health of our members and volunteer leaders.
As you venture out please remember to practice social distancing and COVID19 precautions recommended by public health agencies when recreating.
• If trailheads are full, it is wise to choose a less crowded area or come back at a different time.
• Avoid visiting the forest if you are sick.
• Stay at least six feet apart from others, including having your dog on a leash and close to you.
• Follow the Pack it In Pack it Out rule. Take your trash with you when you leave. Trash overflowing the receptacles becomes litter and can be harmful to wildlife and attract bears.
• Be cautious and HikeSafe. Choose low-risk activities to avoid injury. This will help lower the burden on hospitals and health care system.
So by all means, check our Events Calendar and sign up!
If you prefer to go out hiking by yourself and avoiding other people but need some tips, send us your questions. We’ll be glad to help!
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