PAINT CREEK TRAIL USERS URGED TO MAINTAIN 6-FOOT DISTANCE
Even Outdoors, People Must Maintain Proper Social and Physical Distancing of Six Feet
Rochester, Michigan: The Paint Creek Trail, like other recreation trails across the state, has seen a significant increase in users since the stay at home order was issued by Governor Whitmer on March 23rd. Michiganders have turned to trails as a way to find respite and get exercise outdoors during a tremendously challenging time in our country.
Both medical and public health experts agree that physical activity is crucial to maintaining well-being as long as safe social distancing requirements are followed. “We want to remind our trail users that it is imperative that they maintain a 6-foot distance from others and avoid group activity,” said Melissa Ford, Paint Creek Trail Manager. “Rules set forth by the state are intended to keep trail users safe and healthy by preventing the spread of COVID-19. Following proper trail etiquette has never been so vital as it is now.”
There are a number of specific recommendations for the public to keep a safe social distance when on the trail:
- Follow the CDC’s guidance on personal hygiene prior to heading to the trail — wash hands, carry hand sanitizer, do not use the trail if you have symptoms, cover your mouth and nose when coughing or sneezing, etc.
- Observe at all times the CDC’s minimum recommended social distancing of six feet from other people. Practice it and know what it looks like. Keep it as you walk, run, bike or horseback ride.
- No groups, gatherings, or meetups (only immediate households should be together).
- Be aware of high-touch points (benches, trail brochure boxes, dog waste bag dispensers, etc.) and use hand sanitizer or gloves.
- Warn other trail users of your presence and as you pass to allow proper distance and step off the trail to allow others to pass, keeping minimum recommended distances at all times. Signal your presence with your voice, bell or horn.
- Keep dogs on leash – even dogs should social distance during COVID-19.
- Note that trail users may find public restrooms closed — be prepared before you leave and time outings so that you are not dependent on public restrooms.
- Bring water or drinks — public drinking fountains may be disabled and should not be used, even if operable.
- Bring a suitable trash bag. Leave no trash, take everything out (including dog waste bags) to protect trail staff and maintenance workers.
- Park properly and safely.
Trail users can find additional information at www.paintcreektrail.org/wordpress/COVID-19.