CONCORD — During the current COVID-19 pandemic, getting outdoors is a good way to maintain our mental and physical health. Scientific studies show that time outside in nature can significantly: reduce stress and anxiety; lower blood pressure; improve mood, energy, and sleep; and boost the immune system.
The NH Fish and Game Department is encouraging people to go fishing, take a walk, ride a bike, visit a park, whatever activity they enjoy, while continuing to practice social distancing. The Fish and Game boat access sites (except Downing’s Landing which is under construction) and Wildlife Management Areas (WMAs) are open. The state parks remain open and you can visit www.nhstateparks.org for more information.
Although Fish and Game classes and trainings are cancelled through at least the end of April, teachers and families with children at home during this time are encouraged to visit NH Fish and Game’s Connecting Kids to Wildlife webpage (www.wildlife.state.nh.us/education/kids.html) where there are resources for activities and learning opportunities.
In addition, New Hampshire licenses for anglers and hunters are available online at www.nhfishandgame.com.
“This is a stressful time for all of us and it is important to take care of ourselves which should include fresh air and exercise,” said NH Fish and Game Executive Director Glenn Normandeau. “We are already seeing some early spring weather so why not get outside for a while, bring the kids, have some fun, and just remember to practice social distancing.”
While enjoying outdoor spaces, please continue to follow the CDC’s guidelines on preventing the spread of colds, the flu, and COVID-19:
• Try to keep at least six (6) feet of distance between you and others.
• Avoid hugging, shaking hands, and kissing others.
• Try to avoid surfaces that are touched often such as door handles, handrails, and playground equipment.
• Wash your hands frequently or use hand sanitizer when soap and water are not available.
To learn more about COVID-19 in New Hampshire, visit www.nh.gov/covid19/index.htm.