Is It Safe to Go Outside?

Is It Safe to Go Outside?

( – As gyms close across the United States and social distancing becomes a more widely-known term, many are wondering about their right to exercise or just enjoy the outdoors. Walking, hiking, and biking in nature and public spaces is a staple part of the lives of many Americans. Could the government tell you that you can’t use parks or trails or be outside?

In some places, local health officials have cautioned parents about taking their kids to the playground. Sports leagues for both kids and adults have shut down. As the COVID-19 threat grows, many outdoor venues, like campgrounds, have closed and other recreational areas for activities like tennis courts, basketball, and soccer have been limited across the country.

So, what can you do if you don’t want to just sit around the house all day?

All Exercise Is Good, Doing It Outside Is Better

If you like to walk, run, or hike, many authorities are encouraging it — even in “shelter in place” communities like San Francisco.

Being outside is not only physically good, lowering blood pressure and improving memory, it’s also mentally stimulating as well. Experts suggest that being in touch with nature can alleviate symptoms of depression and anxiety, both conditions that could see an increase in these stressful times.

As long as there are fewer than 10 people and you can maintain social distancing, authorities in some locations are even encouraging physical outdoor activities.

If You’re Sick – Stay Home

The one caveat to going outside in contact with the public is this — if you’re sick, stay home. The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) is advising people that if you’re sick, do not go out in public except to get medical care as directed by a doctor. This doesn’t mean you have to stay cooped up in your house, it means don’t go near people.

As always, call your doctor first and then follow their directions.

Exercise Your Body and Your Rights

So can the government force you to stay inside?

Under the current guidelines put out by the federal government and all 50 states, you have a right to enjoy the outdoors. While some people might be concerned that being outside puts them at greater risk, there’s no evidence at this time to support that — as long as you do it at a distance.

So, go ahead, take a walk, hike, or ride a bike, get out and get back in touch with nature. It sure beats being cooped up inside all the time!

~Here’s to Your Prosperity!

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