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March 23 – Metroparks Covid-19 Precautions After Governor’s Stay Safe, Stay Home Order

In response to the Stay Safe, Stay Home Order issued today by Governor Whitmer, the staff at your Huron-Clinton Metroparks wants you to know what you can expect from us moving forward.

First and foremost, the Governor’s order allows us to keep all 13 Metroparks open. This gives you the opportunity to continue using the Metroparks for healthy activities like hiking, biking, running, walking your dog or just enjoying nature . . . all while practicing the social distancing necessary to keep you and others safe during this emergency period.

Of course, it’s important that you remember to give other visitors the recommended six feet of safe space. We’re committed to doing all we can to protect Michiganders against the coronavirus and keep the properties open and available for all to use.

If you visit one of the Metroparks during this time, please be aware of a few important changes we’ve put in place:

• Our programming is canceled through April 13.
• Our playgrounds are closed.
• Our park offices are closed.
• Our interpretive centers are closed. This includes all nature centers, farm centers and the Marshlands Museum.
• Our restrooms are closed. We know this is an inconvenience, but it will be difficult to ensure they are all disinfected properly and allow six feet of distance between visitors. Make sure you use the restroom before leaving home.
• Opening of golf courses is delayed through April 13.
• You can download at-home activities and access videos and other content to stay engaged with the Metroparks at metroparks.com/virtual

We’re currently offering free admission to the Metroparks on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays and invite you to come exercise and unwind in nature. However, we are still charging our regular admission on Mondays, Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays, which will help us continue to maintain the park properties and keep them operational. On those days, tollbooths will be staffed. To increase your safety – and value – now is a great time to purchase your Metroparks Annual Pass, getting access to all 13 Metroparks all year long. You can purchase your pass online at https://www.metroparks.com/shop/.

We continue to encourage everyone to continue following these important steps to prevent the spread of COVID-19:

• If you think you have been exposed to COVID-19, call your health care provider. If you do not have a health care provider, call the nearest hospital.
• Wash your hands often with soap and warm water for 20 seconds. If not available, use hand sanitizer.
• Avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth with unwashed hands.
• Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or upper sleeve when coughing or sneezing.
• Avoid contact with people who are sick.
• If you are sick, stay home, and avoid contact with others.
• Stay at least 6 feet away from others when in a public setting.

Patients with confirmed infection have reportedly had mild to severe respiratory illness with symptoms of:

• Fever
• Cough
• Shortness of breath

Information around this outbreak is changing rapidly. The latest information is available at Michigan.gov/Coronavirus and CDC.gov/Coronavirus.

 

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