Many of us are waiting for the green light to get back to “normal”. Are outdoor activities reopening near you? Are there restrictions?
On Monday, April 27th, Montana began allowing fly fishing guides to begin leading anglers again. But, there are still some rules. If you’re a resident of Montana, you’re good to go. If you’re coming from out-of-state, however, you’ll need to self-quarantine for 14 days prior to your guided fly fishing outing. And, of course, all anglers will need to continue to adhere to social distancing guidelines put into place by their state leadership.
Information is being updated daily, if not hourly, for each state’s quarantine status. Many states will be making decisions over the next weeks or months while states like Illinois have already announced they would continue to quarantine until May 30. The New York Times released a map showing. each state’s “reopening status”. As of April 29 other states such as New York and Pennsylvania had not announced a decision.
Starting May 5, Washington State will be allowing some fishing, golfing, hiking, and hunting. A handful of state parks will reopen for daytime use. Some will not. Local jurisdictions will have the freedom to make stricter rules as well. For example, you pull up to a full parking lot, don’t be surprised if you’re asked to keep moving. Overcrowding will not be acceptable as things begin to slowly reopen. Social distancing rules will continue to be intact. Camping and other gatherings will still not be allowed until further notice.
So, are outdoor activities reopening in your location? Yes, no, maybe. There’s obviously a lot of confusion. Your governor’s office is likely releasing weekly (if not daily) statements – that’s a great place to keep updated on what is happening in your state.
Keep safe out there and we’ll see you all outdoors soon!