COVID-19 and hiking and biking in Maryland

Well this is good news. We can go walking, hiking, running and biking!

DNR UPDATE (EDIT) 3/31/2020 Subsistence hunting and fishing — limited hunting and limited recreational fishing and crabbing for sustenance — can continue, however social distancing must be adhered to strictly.

Recreational boating is not allowed. (For exceptions, Update 3/31/2020 see DNR FAQ)

Before you head out to a county or state park, be sure to research whether or not it is open during the restrictions.

The Maryland Executive Order mentions outdoor exercise

The Executive Order:

II. Stay-at-Home Order

b. As used herein, “Essential Activities” means:

v. Engaging in outdoor exercise activities, such as walking, hiking, running, or biking, but only in compliance with paragraph III below and applicable social distancing guidance published by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (“CDC”) and the Maryland Department of Health (“MDH”); vi. Travel required by a law enforcement officer or court order; or vii. Traveling to and from a federal, State, or local government building for a necessary purpose. III. Gatherings Large Than 10 Persons Prohibited. a. Social, community, spiritual, religious, recreational, leisure, and sporting gatherings and events (“large gatherings and events”) of more than 10 people are hereby prohibited at all locations and venues, including but not limited to parades, festivals, conventions, and fundraisers. b. Planned large gatherings and events must be canceled or postponed until after termination of the state of emergency and the proclamation of the catastrophic health emergency has been rescinded. 

Maryland DNR issues guidance

From DNR: While the order does allow for outdoor exercise recreation, the Maryland Department of Natural Resources (DNR) is reaffirming the need for members of the public who engage in outdoor recreation to follow all rules and guidelines in place to prevent the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Great news for your family

This is great news for all of us. In order to stay healthy both physically and mentally, we need to get outside for daily exercise, whether it is a walk around the block or a 9.5 mile trek around our communities. Good luck during these difficult times. Please share this news about “hiking and biking” with your family and friends, so they know they can get a breath of fresh air each day!

Graphic by Zach Robinson

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