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DEM reminds residents to enjoy the outdoors safely

The Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management submitted the following announcement to The Block Island Times:
The Department of Environmental Management (DEM) is reminding Rhode Islanders that many diverse and varied outdoor spaces are open to the public and encouraging people to enjoy them safely by adhering to the Governor’s guidance on not gathering in groups and practicing social distancing.
“There’s no better physical and emotional elixir than fresh air and sunshine, especially during these challenging times,” said DEM Director Janet Coit. “Rhode Islanders are fortunate that our state has a wide array of natural areas that have been protected over the decades. DEM parks and management areas are open for visitors, as are many open spaces managed by land trusts and other partners.  Rhode Islanders appreciate a walk on a favorite hiking trail or along the shoreline, but they must practice social distancing in order for these amenities to stay open.  There are many places for residents to safely enjoy the outdoors in their local communities and state open spaces, as long as they take the necessary precautions.”
Residents must follow these guidelines for the safe use of parks and open spaces during the COVID-19 public health

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