CDC, parks officials: It's still safe to enjoy the outdoors this weekend

Posted at 9:36 PM, Mar 20, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-20 23:45:14-04

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WTVF) — People have been cooped up in their homes all week - and with dry skies in the forecast for Saturday, there's a good chance they will be heading outdoors for a little exercise and relaxation.

Tennessee State Parks officials say its still safe to do that amid the COVID-19 outbreak.

In fact, they say it can do you a lot of good helping boost your mood and endorphin levels, especially if you've been inside all week.

But the CDC and state officials say the key is to continue to observe social distancing when you're out on a trail or in a park, stay at least six feet from others, and avoid grouping.

Visitors at Percy Warner Park this week said they think getting outside is a great idea especially in these tough times.

"The fresh air, just to step outside your door, and remember life is still moving on, it's good to get out here, get your heart rate up, get out some of that stress, said Julie Jones, who was with her husband Darrin at Percy Warner.