LANE COUNTY, Ore. -- Gov. Kate Brown's stay at home order has had a big impact on local parks.
On Monday, the governor ordered all pools, skate parks, outdoor sports courts and playground equipment areas to close immediately on Monday, including all state parks.
A lot of people told KEZI 9 News that they don't know what to do with themselves these days because of the order. Some people said they are going stir crazy while others are using the time to work on themselves.
Many people at Alton Baker Park said being outdoors during such an uneasy time is beneficial for their mental health.
Many of the parks KEZI 9 News visited today were nearly empty. However, that could be because of the confusion about what is and isn't allowed.
Officials said campgrounds, dog and RV parks are closed. But boat launches and day-use areas are open for now.
"We are keeping those open now, contingent on whether people practice social distancing," Jason Davis with Lane County Public Health said.
Davis said if people don't follow the rules, they will adjust.
"Be safe and follow the rules like it’s a serious thing, and if you're not going to listen to the rules, then there is no point in coming out here and doing it,” parkgoer Emily Buller said.
Park restrooms and other structures are also closed at this time.
Here are few tips for social distancing outside:
- Follow CDC’s guidance on personal hygiene prior to heading to trails — wash hands, carry hand sanitizer, do not use trails if you have symptoms, cover your mouth and nose when coughing or sneezing, etc.
- Observe at all times CDC’s minimum recommended social distancing of six feet from other people. Practice it and know what it looks like. Keep it as you walk, bike or hike.
- Warn other trail users of your presence and as you pass to allow proper distance and step off trails to allow others to pass, keeping minimum recommended distances at all times. Signal your presence with your voice, bell or horn.
- Note that trail and park users may find public restrooms closed — be prepared before you leave and time outings so that you are not dependent on public restrooms.
- Bring water or drinks — public drinking fountains may be disabled and should not be used, even if operable.
- Bring a suitable trash bag. Leave no trash, take everything out to protect park workers.