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De-Stress with a Walk, City, State Parks Remain Available

March 26, 2020

In his stay-at-home emergency order now in effect, Gov. Tony Evers recognized that getting outdoors—in a safe manner—is essential for the health and well-being of residents.

Locally, the city of Antigo’s playgrounds, restrooms, and shelters are closed, but parks are open to activities that comply with social distancing requirements.

“Our employees will continue to work to ensure our park spaces are maintained during this time,” Director of Parks, Recreation and Cemeteries Sarah Repp said. “Please take the time to get out and reduce stress in our park spaces and trails while maintaining social distance.”
 

That’s also being encouraged at the state level, where fees have been waived for all state parks and trails that continue to remain open to the public. Parks, law enforcement and property staff will also continue to provide routine sweeps of state park system properties.

Staying home as much as possible is the best way to lower COVID-19 infection rates, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. However, should you need a place with space, getting outdoors has both physical and mental benefits.

Distance is key during this public health emergency. Please do not congregate at restrooms, self-registration stations or electronic kiosks. Additionally, do not gather in groups of 10 or more people and maintain six feet of distance from others.
 

The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources continues to receive the most up-to-date information and will adjust operations as conditions change. The DNR will also continue to monitor on-the-ground circumstances each day to determine if park closures become necessary.

The DNR is now implementing the following changes to the operation of all state parks and recreation areas across the state consistent with guidance provided by the Wisconsin Department of Health and Department of Administration. 

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