Washington reopening state parks and golf courses on May 5

Apr 28 2020, 10:29 am

Governor Jay Inslee announced on Monday the partial reopening of several outdoor recreation activities, easing some of the COVID-19 restrictions in Washington.

Several golf courses, as well as state parks and state public lands managed by the Department of Natural Resources, will be opened to the public on May 5 with new physical distancing measures in place, the governor said in a press release Monday.

“When I rolled out, ‘Stay Home, Stay Healthy’ over a month ago, difficult decisions were made to close state parks and public lands, golf facilities, and delaying hunting and fishing seasons. This was necessary to slow the spread of COVID-19, reduce travel and ultimately, save lives,” Inslee said in the release.

“Outdoor recreation is one of the best things we can do to promote physical, mental, and emotional well-being for Washingtonians during a time of great stress and isolation. And springtime in our state is Washington at its best and people want to be out enjoying outdoor activities in a safe and responsible way.”

As of Tuesday, May 5, Washingtonians will be able to enjoy day use at several state parks and resume hunting and fishing. Public gatherings, events, team sports, and camping are still prohibited at this time.

Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission is asking all park-goers to avoid crowds, continue practicing physical distancing, launch one boat at a time, leave at least one parking space between your vehicle and the vehicle next to you, and wash hands often.

“This is not a return to normal. This is only a beginning phase of relaxing outdoor recreation restrictions,” Inslee said.