By MIKE LYNCH
The state Department of Environmental Conservation offered recommendations for using trailhead registers during the COVID-19 outbreak Thursday.
“During the COVID-19 public health crisis, special precautions should be taken while using trailhead registers to minimize spread of the virus through commonly touched surfaces, such as pencils and the registers themselves,” stated the DEC’s Adirondack Outdoor Recreation weekly bulletin.
Trailhead registers are located at hiking trails and boat launches.
The DEC did ask that people continue to sign in and out before going on hikes or other trips. Trailhead registers provide the department with information about usage and are used by forest rangers during search-and-rescue missions.
Below are the DEC’s recommendations:
- Only one person per group should register. Others in the group should stay away from the register.
- If someone is at a register when you approach, stand at least six feet away and wait for them to leave before you approach.
- Bring your own pencil or pen.
- Minimize touching surfaces.
- Carry hand sanitizer and use it immediately before and after using the register.
- Don’t cough or sneeze while at the register. If you must cough or sneeze, move away from the register and hand sanitize before returning.
In general, the DEC has asked for people to engage in low-risk recreation close to home while following the state’s coronavirus guidelines.