State and federal guidelines have recommended communities practice physical distancing to help prevent the spread of disease during the evolving COVID-19 pandemic. The President’s Coronavirus Guidelines for America is recommending people avoid social gatherings in groups of more than 10 people.
The Health Benefits of Outdoor Physical Activity
It is still important to stay active even while practicing physical distancing. There are numerous research studies and articles about the physical and mental health benefits of regular exercise. Recreational resources such as green spaces and trails provide communities with the opportunity to enjoy the outdoors during a time when stress management practices are very much needed. The Rails-To-Trails Conservancy posted information about staying active during a time of social distancing, including tips from public health officials.
The Schuylkill River Trail is Open in All Counties (Updated 04/04/20)
As of April 4, 2020, all sections of the Schuylkill River Trail are open to the public but some park amenities such as bathrooms, water fountains and playgrounds may be closed due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
There are currently about 75 completed miles of the Schuylkill River Trail in sections. These sections are located in Schuylkill, Berks, Montgomery, Chester and Philadelphia Counties.Check Status of Each Trail Section
Check Individual Management Sites for Updated Information
Please continue to check county and local municipality recreation websites for updates on the status of public facilities in your area. Notices about closures and other guidelines concerning the coronavirus disease are constantly evolving. The Schuylkill River Trail is owned and managed by several partners. Schuylkill River Greenways is directing any future questions about the trail, in regards to the COVID-19 pandemic, to the specific county/partner which manages that area of the trail. This information can be found by visiting our Trail Partners Page. Schuylkill River Greenways NHA manages about 30 miles of the trail in Berks & Schuylkill Counties.
Please Use the Trail Safely During COVID-19
We ask you to please keep the national and state recommendations of social distancing and hand washing in mind while using the Schuylkill River Trail. The National Recreation and Park Association has provided tips and information about keeping a safe social distance in parks and on trails during the COVID-19 pandemic. Some of these tips are listed below.
- Follow CDC’s guidance on personal hygiene prior to heading to trails — wash hands, carry hand sanitizer, do not use trails if you have symptoms, cover your mouth and nose when coughing or sneezing, etc.
- Observe at all times CDC’s minimum recommended social distancing of six feet from other people. Practice it and know what it looks like. Keep it as you walk, bike or hike.
- Warn other trail users of your presence and as you pass to allow proper distance and step off trails to allow others to pass, keeping minimum recommended distances at all times. Signal your presence with your voice, bell or horn.
- Note that trail and park users may find public restrooms closed — be prepared before you leave and time outings so that you are not dependent on public restrooms.
- Bring water or drinks — public drinking fountains may be disabled and should not be used, even if operable.
- Bring a suitable trash bag. Leave no trash, take everything out to protect park workers
Schuylkill River Greenways’ Response to COVID-19
In light of the evolving COVID-19 health situation, Schuylkill River Greenways is taking several measures to help protect our participants and staff. The Schuylkill River Greenways office is closed until further notice. Schuylkill River Greenways events taking place in the next upcoming weeks have been either cancelled or postponed. State and regional officials will continue to evaluate options and communicate updates. As these updates become known to the public, Schuylkill River Greenways will send announcements to our followers through our newsletter, the SRG website and our social media pages.