COVID 19 and Massachusetts State Parks

COVID 19 and Massachusetts State Parks

As of May 8, 2020, Massachusetts state parks are open and accessible to the public. The state encourages individuals to follow these guidelines when visiting parks and other natural resources:

  • Minimize outdoor recreational time to limit potential exposure to COVID-19;
  • Stay within solitary or small groups, and avoid gatherings of ten or more people;
  • Practice social distancing of at least six feet between individuals;
  • Administer healthy personal hygiene, such as handwashing for at least 20 seconds;
  • Participate in only non-contact recreational activities;
  • Leave a park or area should large gatherings begin to build; and,
  • Stay home if ill, over 70, and/or part of a vulnerable population.

Playgrounds, fitness areas and bathroom facilities are closed through Monday, May 18 (and this could be extended).

All athletic fields and courts remain closed until May 18 (and this could be extended).

No trash receptables will be available throughout the state parks system and the state advises a “carry in, carry out” policy during the pandemic.

All camping, pavilion and picnic areas are closed through May 25, 2020 (and this could be extended).

All parking fees at state parks have been waived at this time.

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