Getting Outside Responsibly During COVID-19


Outdoor Outreach’s 10 Principles of Responsible Outdoor Recreation:


  1. DOUBLE-CHECK YOURSELF. If you have any current symptoms, don’t go into public spaces unless you have to.
  2. KNOW THE RULES. Check local public health guidelines to ensure that the area you are going to is open to the public and appropriate for the activity you want to do.
  3. LIMIT YOUR IMPACT. Choose less frequented parks and trails. Bring everything you need with you and pack out all your trash.
  4. EXPECT CLOSURES. Prepare for restroom and parking lot closures and a lack of running water. Not all trails and beaches will be open for activities.
  5. STAY LOCAL. Don’t travel far from home. This is the time to appreciate nearby nature.
  6. STICK WITH YOUR HOUSEHOLD. If you don’t live together, don’t go outside together.
  7. PRACTICE PHYSICAL DISTANCING. Avoid crowded areas. Stay 6-feet away from anyone that you don’t live with and wear a face covering.
  8. KNOW YOUR LIMITS. Stick to activities that limit your chances of injury and need for healthcare services.
  9. BE KIND. A smile and wave can mean a lot. Help others enjoy the outdoors responsibly by sharing the 10 Principles of Responsible Outdoor Recreation.
  10. ENJOY YOUR ‘HERE AND NOW’ MOMENT. Breathe deeply and connect to the sounds, smells, colors, and movement of nature. Encourage your friends and family to find their moment.




Information and Restrictions for Parks and Beaches in San Diego County 

Below you’ll find a list of local and national resources. Please limit your activities to “nearby nature” within your local community where you can practice getting outside responsibly.


City of San Diego
City of Imperial Beach
City of Chula Vista
City of National City
City of Coronado
City of El Cajon
City of Lemon Grove
City of La Mesa
City of Del Mar
City of Solana Beach
City of Encinitas
City of Carlsbad
City of Oceanside
City of Vista
City of San Marcos
City of Poway
City of Escondido
City of Santee
Port of San Diego (Parks in and around San Diego Bay)

County of San Diego Parks and Recreation
California State Parks and Beaches
U.S Fish and Wildlife Service Refuges
National Parks and Monuments
National Forests


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