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COVID-19 Updates & Recreating Responsibly

COVID-19 Updates & Recreating Responsibly

We're all going through a strange and uncertain time with the unfortunate spread of COVID-19. It's been a shake-up to the daily life and routine of many. And a bit unknown of what the coming weeks and months will look like. Wherever you may be, we hope you're safe, healthy, and surrounded by your close ones. 

We want to express our gratitude for your continued support of our brand & online shop. At this time, we're still open for business and fulfilling the majority of our orders within 24 hours. For the safety of our customers, we're maintaining a clean and sanitized workspace for our shipments. 

In terms of getting outdoors, it obviously depends on your current location, your health, and the state of the Coronavirus spread in your area. In the case of New York State, everyone is being advised to stay close to home when recreating outside. Here are recommendations from the Leave No Trace Center for Outdoor Ethics in a video put together by the Adirondack Mountain Club and their Outdoor Skills Coordinator, Mary.

Other Updates from Around the Adirondacks

DEC Encourages New Yorkers to Recreate Locally

#RecreateLocal - "DEC encourages New Yorkers to recreate locally. Please continue to follow the CDC/NYSDOH's guidelines for preventing the spread of colds, flu, and COVID-19 by choosing trails close to home, avoiding potentially busy trailheads, keeping at least six (6) feet of distance between you and others, avoiding direct contact with other people, and staying home if you are showing or feeling any sign of symptoms."

NYS Re-Opens Marinas and Boat Launches for Recreational Use

April 18th Update - New York State recognizes the importance of recreation and continues to encourage the public to get outside locally and responsibly to prevent the spread of COVID-19. To support the alignment of policies in New York, New Jersey, and Connecticut and the region’s ongoing response to COVID-19, on April 18, Empire State Development issued updated guidance on marinas and the use of boats that removed the temporary suspension on the use of boat launches for recreation.

Access to boat launches will be allowed if strict adherence to the CDC/New York State Department of Health guidelines for preventing the spread of colds, flu, and COVID-19 is followed:

  • Try to keep at least six feet of distance between you and others.
  • Avoid close contact, such as shaking hands.
  • Wash hands often or use a hand sanitizer when soap and water are not available.
  • Avoid surfaces that are touched often, such as rails, posts, and tie off cleats.

When boating and fishing, DEC and State Parks recommend New Yorkers to #RecreateLocal, avoid busy waters, and follow the guidelines on DEC's website about recreating and fishing responsibly in New York State. If an angler arrives at a parking lot and there are several cars, they should consider going to another parking lot. If an angler is fishing upstream, they should fish downstream of the other angler or consider fishing another day. Do not share a car, boat, canoe, or kayak with people not in your household while traveling to fishing or boating sites. Anglers fishing from boats should always be able to maintain at least six feet of distance between one another. For more information about the benefits of being outdoors safely and responsibly, go to DEC's website:

New York's waters remain cold throughout the spring. Life jacket wear is required through May 1 on pleasure boats less than 21 feet long and dressing in layers is recommended to avoid hypothermia. 

DEC Message on Using Trailhead Registers

"Trailhead registers provide vital information, so please continue to sign in and out. During the COVID-19 public health crisis, special precautions should be taken while using trailhead registers to minimize the spread of the virus through commonly touched surfaces, such as pencils and the registers themselves. Follow these guidelines when using trailhead registers to prevent the spread of coronavirus."

  • 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.

ADK Mountain Club Properties Closures Extend

"May 7, 2020 – Following Governor Cuomo’s announcement of a more detailed New York Forward reopening plan for New York State, ADK (Adirondack Mountain Club) is postponing the reopening of its lodging facilities until the North Country is allowed to reopen its businesses and New York reaches Phase 3 of the state reopening process. At this time, ADK is canceling all lodging reservations through May 31 and will continue to monitor the recommendations of the state and federal government across our region."

DEC-Controlled Fire Towers are Closed to the Public

"DEC is closing access to DEC-controlled fire towers to the public. Trails and the summits to the towers remain open, but the towers themselves present a potential risk with multiple people climbing the stairs, in close quarters, unable to appropriately socially distance, and using the same handrails."

NYS-Operated Camprounds Closed until May 31st

Early Season Camping: To reduce potential community spread of COVID-19, all campgrounds, and pavilions are closed to overnight visitation through May 31. All visitors with reservations will be issued a full refund. We ask for your patience as refunds are processed.

Camping Reservations: New York State has suspended all new camping, cabin and cottage reservations for the 2020 season until further notice. We are assessing campground status on a daily basis. If you've made a reservation for the season beginning June 1, and we determine your campground is safe to open, your reservation will be honored. However, visitors who wish to cancel an existing reservation may do so and receive a full refund. Thank you for your patience as we work to protect the safety of our visitors and staff.

ADK puts Northville-Placid Trail Challenge on hold

"In line with Governor Cuomo’s directive for New York State to PAUSE amidst the COVID19 pandemic and Adirondack Mountain Club Executive Director Michael Barrett’s urging to”hike locally and individually,” the Northville Placid Trail Challenge is suspended until further notice. This action was taken by the ADK Schenectady Chapter, which manages the challenge. While the trail remains open, any hikes completed after April 12 until further notice will not be recognized as counting towards the completion of the challenge."

Adirondack Harvest shares COVID-19 food resources

"During this challenging and uncertain time, many Adirondack food producers are responding in innovative ways to make sure their larger community stays fed and safe."

We wish you a safe & healthy spring! In the meantime, if you have any questions about products or planning for a future outing, feel free to contact us.

Evan, Hilary, Lucy 🐾 & the PureADK Team

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We're all definitely going through some unprecedented times at the moment. We appreciate you supporting our small business and for being part of our online community.

Be well,

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