The Michigan Department of Natural Resources is letting people know state parks will be open and free for everyone during the COVID-19 pandemic.
While the public contact areas like restroom buildings, visitor centers, shooting rangers and more are temporarily closed, the DNR is telling people the public outdoor areas of state parks, state recreation areas, state game & wildlife areas, state forests & trials, and the lakes, rivers and streams will remain open.
"Safeguarding mental health is just as important, and spending time outdoors – whether in your backyard, on your balcony or in big, open spaces – can boost mind, body and spirit," the department said.
They're waiving the need for a recreation passport to get in, meaning they are open to everyone.
"Whether you want to hike or bike a new trail, scout your next hunt, paddle the open water or find a favorite fishing spot...Michigan’s outdoors are here," the DNR said in a Facebook post.
They are reminding people to maintain social distancing and only go out if you're feeling healthy, as well as washing your hands for soap and water for 20 seconds.
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