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COVID-19 Updates & Recreating Responsibly

COVID-19 Updates & Recreating Responsibly

We're all going through a strange, scary, 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."

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 Closed

"We have decided to close the Adirondak Loj & Heart Lake Program Center and the Johns Brook Property starting March 16 through April 30. No confirmed cases of COVID-19 have been reported at our facilities, but we want to play it safe and encourage people not to come here until the spread of the virus slows/ends."

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 April 30th

"All state-operated campgrounds, cabins, and cottages are closed to overnight visitation through April 30. All visitors with reservations will be issued a full refund. We ask for your patience as refunds are processed. New York State has also 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 May 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."

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 Pioneers

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