Editor's note aug 2020

Ellen Matis

For the first time since April 2020, Recreation News has events within its Calendar pages. Can I hear you jumping for joy from my Central Pennsylvania home?

Calendar events and activities planned across the Mid-Atlantic show us one thing: The travel destinations and communities are committed to recovery efforts; and that events and tourism as a whole are a huge economic driver for each destination.

While we at Recreation News certainly encourage visiting destinations and events mentioned within these pages in upcoming months, it’s important to remember that we’re not out of the woods yet when it comes to the spread of COVID-19. We ask that you travel responsibly.

Here are a few recommendations for doing just that:

Know Before You Go

Check the status of your destination before you visit. If it’s closed, don’t go. If the area is more crowded than you’re comfortable with, have a back up plan.

Research the Area

Different regions in the U.S. experience different amounts of cases of COVID-19 at different times. This means we must research the area — not just our destination — when we make decisions about where to travel. If you’re traveling to a different state, look at that state’s department of health website.

Plan Ahead

Prepare for facilities at some parks, trails and other destinations to be closed. Pack lunches and bring essentials like hand sanitizer along.

Practice Physical Distancing

Keep your group size small, and be prepared to cover your nose and mouth; as well as give others space. Masks on! If you’re sick, stay home.

Explore Locally

Consider travel to destinations that are within a day trip of your own home. Be mindful of your impact on the communities and travel destinations that you visit.

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