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STATUS UPDATE: STATE PARKS DURING COVID-19

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CAN WE GO OUTSIDE YET?

During this pandemic, each state seems to be experiencing a completely different scenario. Some towns allow their residents to drive to popular walking areas whereas other towns issue fines for non-essential travel.

A map was created by Unacast, a data mobility company, that allows viewers to compare “social distancing activity” across the United States.

Access to this map can be found here: https://www.unacast.com/covid19/social-distancing-scoreboard

With social distancing being the Center for Disease Control’s most highly recommended method for flattening the curve on COVID-19, it is important to engage in measures to limit contact with others. Americans are approaching on tow months of being quarantined, the “stir crazy” has set in. Protests in states such as Wisconsin and New York regarding coronavirus restrictions have been making headlines

To mediate the situation, sates such as California and Florida have opened some beaches to focus on the importance of mental health. Experts have been urging government officials to consider the fact that spending time outdoors is pivotal for the sanity of their people.

Marc Berman, the director of the University of Chicago’s Environmental Neuroscience Lab, said, “If we can get people interacting with nature more in larger cities, then you’d have a more mentally healthy city population as well” in an interview for the UChicago News about the need for the outdoor time during this pandemic.

Provided is a breakdown of the status of outdoor activity per state in regards to state park regulations. Please note that “limited” entails that there is a limited amount of open parks and/or parking spaces. 

Alabama: Open

Alaska: Open

Arizona: Open

Arkansas: Open

California: Limited

Colorado: Open

Connecticut:  Limited

Delaware: Open

Florida: Closed

Georgia: Open

Hawaii: Closed

Idaho: Open

Illinois: Closed

Indiana: Open

Iowa: Open

Kansas: Open

Kentucky: Limited

Louisiana: Open

Maine: Limited

Maryland: Limited

Massachusetts: Limited

Michigan: Open

Minnesota: Open

Mississippi: Closed

Missouri: Limited

Montana: Open

Nebraska: Open

Nevada: Limited

New Hampshire: Closed

New Jersey: Closed

New Mexico: Closed

New York: Limited

North Carolina: Limited

North Dakota: Open

Ohio: Limited

Oklahoma: Open

Oregon: Closed

Pennsylvania: Open

Rhode Island: Closed

South Carolina: Closed

South Dakota: Open

Tennessee: Limited

Texas: Open

Utah: Limited

Vermont: Open

Virginia: Open

Washington: Closed

West Virginia: Open

Wisconsin: Limited

Wyoming: Open