Gov. Wolf Lifts Restrictions on Golf Courses, Campgrounds and Other Outdoor Activities
Lifting the restrictions on certain outdoor activities comes a week before businesses in some parts of the state will be allowed to reopen.
Pennsylvania will take its first steps toward reopening on Friday, May 1, when golf courses, guided fishing trips and privately-owned campgrounds will be allowed to reopen statewide, as long as updated life-sustaining business guidance rules are observed.
“Pennsylvanians have remained resilient throughout this COVID-19 crisis, and as we successfully continue to flatten the curve to protect our physical health, it is critical that we also focus on our physical and mental health during these extraordinary times. As the weather warms and daylight lengthens, enjoying time outdoors is an important way to manage stress,” Wolf says. “As we start to take measured, limited steps to reopen our commonwealth, reopening these industries will help to rebuild our economy and strengthen our mental health.”
While private campgrounds will be allowed to open, campgrounds in state parks will remain closed through Thursday, May 14.
Wolf says residents and businesses must follow Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidance that was issued for parks and recreational facilities. That includes wearing a mask, finding an alternative place if the parking lot appears full, waiting longer for a runner or golfer before moving forward and frequently washing hands or using hand sanitizer.
“Practicing social distancing takes a little planning and patience but it is necessary if we want to continue to flatten the curve while ensuring that Pennsylvanians have opportunities to de-stress and get exercise,” Wolf says. “Finding the balance between enjoying the outdoors and staying safe is only possible when all Pennsylvanians are abiding by the same precautions. It’s critical that all Pennsylvanians adhere to the safety guidelines to allow for these outdoor activities to remain available to the public.”