Public Health and Government Information on Outdoor Activities

Recommendations about related to travel, work, and social activities are rapidly changing in Canada and internationally.

Therefore, I have started this post to share information on public health recommendations related to outdoor recreational activities. I will update this as often as I can to keep the information current and as new information becomes available.

First and foremost it is important to do everything to limit the spread of COVID-19. Please follow the Health Canada, the World Health Organization and your local public health departments recommendations around group gatherings, social distancing, and recommendations for self-isolation and self-monitoring.

At the same time, it is also important to try to remain active and maintain our mental health while following public health recommendations. There is a lot discussion – and controversy – about outdoor activities in nature occuring on social media.

This is an important topic, but understandably it is not the focus of much of the public health information that is being shared.

Always follow your local Public Health Department for current local recommendations.

Let’s try to keep eachother informed and share accurate and helpful information.

Please leave a comment below, @natureyourbrain on Twitter, or email if you have any other information to share about updates.

Public Health Recommendations on Outdoor Activities in Canada

Alberta Health – walks in neighborhood or park permitted while maintaining social distancing, twitter response by Dr. Deena Hinshaw on March 20th, 2020. Additional information from Calgary Herald March 23, 2020 and Twitter regarding Calgary’s Mayor Nenshi.

Public Health Agency of Canada – no specific information found related to outdoor activities

Recommendations on Outdoor Activities from Public Health Departments from U.S. and Internationally

World Health Organization – no specific information found related to outdoor activities on Website or WhatsApp

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention – no specific information found on outdoor activities

Johns Hopkins Coronavirus Resource Centre – no specific information found on outdoor activities

State of Illinois – Can I Leave Home to Exercise?

San Francisco City and County – Visit Parks Safely

County of Santa Cruz, California – Health Services Announcement

New York State Office of Mental Health – Feeling Stressed About Coronavirus (COVID-19)?

France – government announcement, additional details provided by French Ministry of Sport summarized on Twitter.

United Kingdom, Public Health England – Guidance on Social Distancing – Looking after your mental wellbeing

Italy, Ministry of Health – Containment Measures in Italy. Is it possible to go to a park? Can I go out on a bicycle?

Spain – will provide update

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