COVID-19 guidelines for outdoor recreation

Bloomington has an abundance of parks and recreational areas and with the weather improving more people will be enjoying them. When you go outside for a walk, hike, bike ride or other activity, be aware of the latest COVID-19 guidelines for safe outdoor recreation.

  • Stay six feet or more away from people outside of your household.
  • Bring a mask with you to put on when you encounter people who may get closer than six feet. 
  • Limit your time around others.
  • Visit parks and other outdoor areas at less busy times if you can. Exercise caution when using shared playground equipment, picnic tables, benches and other public amenities. Wash hands often or use hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol.
  • Stay at home if you feel sick.
  • Get tested if you are experiencing symptoms or think you have been exposed.
  • Get your vaccine. See the mayor’s memo about vaccines on page 2.
  • Outdoor activities are safer than indoor activities when CDC guidelines are followed.

This guidance applies whether you have been vaccinated yet or not. As of the printing of this article, public health experts continue to learn more about the protection that COVID-19 vaccines provide under real-life conditions. It’s important for everyone to continue using all the tools available to help stop this pandemic.

For additional outdoor safety tips, visit or call the Minnesota Helpline at 651-297-1304