Under current Executive Orders, Minnesotans may go outdoors and engage in activities such as walking, running, fishing, and hunting, as long as they are maintaining an appropriate social distance from other households. The parks, trails and open space in Forest Lake remains open during this time, however, playgrounds are closed until further notice.
To provide additional clarity, the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (“DNR”) and Minnesota Department of Health (“MDH”) have developed Outdoor Recreation and COVID-19 Guidelines for Facilities and the Public (“Outdoor Recreation Guidelines”). https://www.dnr.state.mn.us/covid-19.html
By following the Outdoor Recreation Guidelines, in addition to the requirements of previous Executive Orders, Minnesotans can continue to enjoy the many benefits of outdoor activities while providing for public health, slowing the spread of COVID-19, and decreasing the potential for added strain on local communities and health care systems.
Please carefully read the full Executive Order 20-38 signed on April 17, 2020 to understand safe use of the outdoor recreational amenities. Please do your part to keep the community safe as you use parks, trails and open space in Forest Lake.
Executive Order 20-38
New signage will be posted at City parks to serve as reminders to all who visit during the COVID-19 pandemic.