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Stay Safe, But Also Stay Active

Getting physical exercise, if only by taking a short walk, is important during this time of “sheltering in place” and “social distancing.” The physical movement itself can help relieve stress, promote better sleep, and boost your overall mood.

An article published in the Courier/Post on April 2nd defines “recreation” under Maine’s stay-at home order:

Maine Inland Fisheries Wildlife officials say engaging in outdoor exercise such as fishing, hunting, hiking, boating, walking, running, and more are permitted under the executive order issued by Gov. Janet Mills, just as long as people continue to follow social distancing guidelines.

“Getting outside to go fishing, hiking, canoeing, scouting for a hunt, or other outdoor activities are essential to not only your physical health, but your mental health as well, particularly during these difficult times,” said Inland Fisheries and Wildlife Commissioner Judy Camuso. “The governor and I continue to encourage people to get outdoors, but to do as close to home as possible and in strict adherence to physical distancing requirements. While it is important for your mental health to get outside, it is also important to do so safely.”

Over at the Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry, officials noted some conservation lands and beaches have been closed, due to recent overuse and crowding, but others remain open. People can check what’s open and what isn’t at https://www.maine.gov/dacf/recreation/index.html

Whatever your activity, it is important to avoid crowds and to maintain social distancing—staying at least six feet away from other people. Maine Island Fisheries and Wildlife official also recommend that people “visit lesser known spots and explore close to home, stick to adventures within their experience and comfort level, tell someone you’re headed and when you expect to return.”

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