State-managed parks, wildlife areas, recreation land, boat launches, and natural areas will reopen for day-use activities on May 5, the Washington State Department of Natural Resources (DNR) has announced.

The reopening will happen in conjunction with the reopening of lands managed by the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife and Washington State Parks and Recreation. Camping and other overnight accommodations will remain closed.

DNR stressed that it’s important for visitors to remain vigilant in the fight against COVID-19. To educate the public about the importance of continued social distancing, DNR and REI Co-op have teamed up for the #RecreateResponsibly social media campaign, which will educate visitors about how to stay safe and healthy.

For example, visitors should bring handwashing supplies and personal protective equipment as some sites will have reduced or limited restroom facilities. People should also be prepared to change plans if their destination appears crowded or is not yet fully operational.

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