POTTSVILLE, SCHUYLKILL COUNTY (WBRE/WYOU-TV) If you want to join the great outdoors during the coronavirus pandemic you can, but there are do’s and don’ts.
Terri Laskowski of Kulpmont enjoys the outdoors, even if it’s just sitting outside Terri Reilly memorial park in Pottsville.
Laskowski also goes on at least two walks a week with her daughter, amid the COVID-19 pandemic. She says it’s relieving for them both.
“I’m all about physical activity myself so it just makes sense during this time frame to be able to get out and go for a walk at least.”
DCNR Secretary Cindy Adams Dunn recognizes how restless families are and encourages all to venture out.
“The mental and physical health benefits of the outdoors are more critical than ever. People are stressed, people are home with families, need exercise, need a release from being under roof.”
The department even opened trout season two weeks early, giving people another outlet. This stopped opening day crowds and allows people to get the fresh air they need while social distancing.
DCNR is asking people to avoid large crowds, wear a mask, and only go with people who live in the same household.
If you are going to venture out, DCNR is recommending you pick places about 15 minutes from home.
Avoiding peak hours which range between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. also helps. If you find too many people at a location, opt for another one.
DCNR staff are encouraging people to utilize their own backyards and local parks so you can safely fight boredom and the spread of COVID-19.