Is outdoor recreation safe in Illinois during the coronavirus pandemic?

By Product Expert | Posted in Community, FAQs, Safety on Thursday, July 16th, 2020 at 4:02 pm
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Outdoor Recreation in Illinois during COVID-19: Safety and FAQs

Summer is in full swing, and it would certainly be a shame to miss the whole thing cooped up indoors. But missing things is a concept we’re getting quite used to in 2020, as our typical way of life remains heavily disrupted thanks to COVID-19. Though the disruption is certainly a bummer, irresponsible actions leading to contraction and spread of the virus would be far worse.

With this in mind, is it okay to exercise and enjoy oneself outdoors during the current pandemic?


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Yes, exercising and partaking in recreation outdoors is allowed and even encouraged during the COVID-19 pandemic. Illinois is currently in “Phase 4” of its re-opening strategy, which means more public areas are open than previously. However, those who venture out should be sure to follow restrictions, abiding by all local health guidelines and recommendations.

A woman soaks up the many benefits of the sun, nature and the outdoors

Is it beneficial to go outside during the coronavirus?

Going outdoors is a good way to help deal with the various physical, emotional, mental and behavioral reactions to COVID-19. Potential benefits of being outside, according to Harvard Medical School, include:

  • Increased Vitamin D levels
  • Tendency to be more active
  • Improvement in relaxation and mood
  • Increase in self-esteem and concentration

Overall, the outdoors are a treat for the senses. See the seasons change, witness wildlife and birds. Experience the wonders of nature. Reflect and get some exercise.

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How can I be responsible when going outside during the pandemic?

When going outside, be sure to follow all local guidelines. Don’t go to places that are closed, and if an area is crowded, go somewhere else instead. Be prepared for facilities, such as restrooms and recreation centers, to be closed. Practice social distancing from other guests. If you’re feeling sick, don’t go out.

Partake in safe activities, as health care resources are strained right now. It’s recommended that individuals stay near home, as most places are only open for daytime use. As always, respect public lands and communities, and take all your garbage with you when you leave.

Hiking, Biking and Paddling in Northern Kane County

If you’re looking for a place to go and things to do, activities in Kane County are one option. Northern Kane county boasts many opportunities for paddling, biking and hiking.

One option is to start on the Fox River Trail, then head down into Carpentersville, and on into East Dundee and West Dundee. If this sounds appealing you can find more information here.

Otherwise, this is a great resource for more to do in the Elgin area.

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