Outdoor Recreation and COVID-19

turkey hunter and anglerNo matter how you enjoy the outdoors, we urge you to practice effective “social distancing” and other measures to help stop the spread of the coronavirus and keep you, your family and your community safe:

  • Go out only if you’re feeling healthy. 
  • Try to find close-to-home recreation that doesn’t require driving far. If you do need to drive, don’t carpool with non-household members.
  • Stay at least 6 feet away from others when in a public setting, including the outdoors. If you're fishing, a good way to measure this is with your fishing pole! Hold the pole straight out in front you. If you can turn in a circle without hitting anyone, that is a safe distance. 
  • Engage in low-risk activities; now is not the time to try something extreme and end up in the hospital, taxing an already taxed health care system.
  • Wash hands often with soap and warm water for 20 seconds. If those aren’t available, use a hand sanitizer containing at least 60% alcohol.
  • Avoid surfaces that are touched often, such as doorknobs, handrails, and playground equipment. When fishing, don’t share fishing gear with others.  Each angler should have their own fishing gear (rod and reels, bait, lures, towels, pliers, and other personal items). Be sure to clean your gear well after using it.
  • Please leash your dog! They are members of your household and need to keep their social distance as well (and most standard leashes are 6 feet in length).

For more info on COVID-19 and these guidelines, visit the Vermont Health Department

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Vermont Department of Fish & Wildlife
Commissioner Louis Porter

1 National Life Drive
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Montpelier, VT 05620-3702
802-828-1000
fwinformation@vermont.gov

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The mission of the Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department is the conservation of all species of fish, wildlife, and plants and their habitats for the people of Vermont.