Paint Creek Trail visitors are encouraged to practice the Michigan Department of Health and Human Service’s guidelines in preventing the spread of this virus.

  • Wash your hands with soap and water.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or upper sleeve when coughing or sneezing.
  • Avoid contact with people who are sick.
  • Stay home if you are sick and contact your healthcare provider.
  • Keep at least six feet away from one another to the maximum extent possible.
Recommendations for Trail Users on Observing Social Distancing Minimums

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.
Frequently Asked Questions

How do I social distance on narrow parts of the trail?
On narrow parts of the trail, visitors should work together to maintain proper social distancing by stepping aside, with 6 feet of space, to let each other pass. This includes runners and bikers as well.

How do I social distance at parking lots?
We understand parking lots may get busy. However, visitors must take turns getting out of cars, if necessary, to maintain proper social distancing. This includes possibly waiting and stepping aside when entering the trail through entry points.

What do I do if I have to go to the bathroom?
Visitors should use the bathroom at home before they visit the trail. Bathrooms may be closed to help stop the spread of the virus.


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