Play Smart, Play Safe, Play Local

New York State’s PLAY SMART * PLAY SAFE * PLAY LOCAL campaign encourages residents to engage in responsible recreation during the ongoing COVID-19 public health crisis. This guidance urges New Yorkers to recreate locally, practice physical distancing, show respect for all outdoor adventurers, and use common sense to protect themselves and others.

PLAY SMART * PLAY SAFE — Practice social distancing, wash your hands, wear a mask to protect yourself and others. If it’s crowded, find somewhere else to go.

PLAY LOCAL — Stay close to home and #RecreateLocal in your region — amenities like restrooms and restaurants may not be open.

PLAY SMART — Plan ahead. Make a list of alternate destinations and places to visit.

PLAY SAFE — Stay home if you’re sick or if you’re part of a vulnerable population. Check DEC’s website to see the current status of DEC campgrounds.

Pack A Mask: New Yorkers are required to wear masks in public when appropriate social distancing cannot be maintained, including on trails, on summits, in parking lots and in the backcountry.

Keep it Clean: A new DEC Public Service Announcement reminds outdoor adventurers to keep natural areas litter-free.


Courtesy of the NY DEC

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