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Essential Activities Allowing Outdoor Recreation and Recreation By Vehicles

Post Date:05/12/2020 5:42 PM

Essential Activities Allowing Outdoor Recreation and Recreation By Vehicles in the 5.8.2020 Health Order

Section 14(a) For purposes of this Order otherwise, individuals are allowed to leave their residence only to perform any of the following “Essential Activities.” 

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iii. To engage in outdoor recreation activity, such as walking, jogging, hiking or   bicycling, swimming, surfing, kayaking, canoeing, golfing, animal-related recreation, and any lawful solitary activity in compliance with the Social Distancing Requirements in this order, in compliance with the Health Officer’s Orders pertaining to Facial Coverings, and with the following limitations:

  1. The recreation must be initiated from within fifty (50) miles of one’s residence (as measured in a straight line on a map), and is urged to remain within one county to limit the transmission of the virus;
  2. Outdoor recreation activity at parks, beaches, and other open spaces must comply with any restrictions on access and use established by the Health Officer, government, or other entity that manages such area to reduce crowding and risk of transmission of COVID-19. Such restrictions may include, but are not limited to, restricting the number of entrants, closing the area to vehicular access and parking, closure to all public access, or limitation of the hours of access;
  3. Use of recreational areas with high-touch equipment or that encourage gathering, including, but not limited to, playgrounds, outdoor gym equipment, picnic areas, and barbecue areas, is prohibited outside of residences, and all such areas shall be closed to public access including by signage and, as appropriate, by physical barriers;
  4. Sports or activities approved in this section that include the use of shared equipment or physical contact between participants may only be engaged in by members of the same household or living unit, or children (age 12 or under) in a Stable Group of 12, as defined in Section 14(u.).
  5. Use of shared facilities for recreational activities that may occur outside of residences, consistent with the restrictions set forth in subsections a., b., c., and d. above (i.e., solitary, within the same household or living unit, or children in a Stable Group of 12), including, but not limited to, golf courses, skate parks, athletic fields, shooting and archery ranges, basketball courts, tennis courts, horseback riding facilities and stables (singles), disc golf parks, dog parks, boat ramps, animal-related recreation facilities, must, before they may begin, comply with social distancing and health/safety protocols posted at the site and any other restrictions, including prohibitions, on access and use established by the Health Officer, government, or any other entity that manages such an area to reduce crowding and risk of transmission of COVID-19, (See, e.g., Appendix C-1 Recreational Safety Protocol COVID-19 Prevention (Golf)).
  1. People in a household or living unit, or other Stable Group of 12 or less, (defined in Section 14(u.) may recreate in their vehicles by way of example, travel to a location for outdoor recreation, attend a ceremony or a live-streamed or video-recorded event, or simply engage in recreational driving or boating. Persons not in the same household, occupying the same vehicle must be part of a Stable Group of 12 and should attempt to maximize social distancing, facial coverings, or other protective measures, to the extent practical. The vehicular recreation must stay within fifty (50) miles of one’s residence (as measured in a straight line on a map), and is urged to remain within one county to limit the transmission of the virus.
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