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Parks Provide Escape but Precautions Needed

Tips on how to enjoy County parks safely when social distancing is a must

With the reopening of some of the parks and majority of the preserves, Hillsborough County stresses the importance of social responsibility when in public.

Follow these tips to protect yourself and others from the spread of COVID-19 coronavirus when out in public places. Residents who do not abide by the social distancing requirements or listen to instructions given to them by County staff while enjoying the parks, will be asked to leave the property.

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Safety Tips

  • Use Common Sense. Stay home if you are experiencing cold- or flu-like symptoms so you don't spread it to others in public
  • Practice Social Distancing. Social distancing is a public health practice that prevents people who carry the virus from coming into close contact with healthy people. Social distancing means remaining out of group settings, avoiding large gatherings, and maintaining a distance of at least 6 feet from others when socializing and greater than 6 feet when exercising. Do not gather with more than 10 people in a group.
  • Bring Your Own Water. Though parks are opening, the majority of amenities will remain closed, including water stations and restrooms. Prepare for your park visit by packing necessary items, like full water bottles and hand sanitizer.
  • Wear Face Mask Coverings. Hillsborough County continues to urge residents to protect themselves by wearing face coverings when in community settings. In addition to maintaining 6-feet social distancing and limiting the size of gatherings, the Centers for Disease Control advises the use of face coverings to help slow the spread of the virus. Once done using, remember to properly dispose of or sterilize your personal protection items.
  • Keep Hands Clean. Practicing basic hygiene at home, in the workplace, and in public can help keep you and your family from contracting or spreading many types of illnesses, including coronavirus. Use soap and water when washing your hands and wash for at least 20 seconds. If you can't wash your hands, use alcohol-based hand sanitizer. Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth. Keep your hands clean by coughing and sneezing into a tissue, then throw it away.
  • Wipe Down Equipment. Bring your own disinfectant wipes to wipe down any public surfaces before touching or when touching public equipment. But don't flush them when disposing of them.

Get Connected. Stay Alert.
For more information on COVID-19, and any other potential emergency in the county visit HCFLGov.net/StaySafe and sign up for the HCFL Alert system. Additionally, you can follow Hillsborough County on social media at Facebook, Twitter, and Nextdoor for updates. For general County information, call (813) 272-5900, the County's main information line.