Public urged to stay off Appalachian Trail amid COVID-19 pandemic
The Appalachian Trail (A.T.), given its ever-increasing popularity over the past weeks, is no longer a viable space to practice social distancing. The President and CEO of the Appalachian Trail Conservancy, Sandra Mara, is urging the public to please stay away from the A.T. to help stop the spread of COVID-19.
“Many day hikers see the outdoors as an escape from the stresses of these difficult times but with crowding reaching unmanageable levels and lack of staff or volunteers to manage the traffic, it is necessary that all hikers avoid accessing the trail, The A.T. is not a separate reality from the communities in which hikers live — so, until the risk of spreading COVID-19 has reduced significantly, hiking on a heavily-trafficked trail like the A.T. potentially increases rather than reduces harm,” stated Mara.
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