Appalachian Trail Conservancy updates COVID-19 guidelines

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(WJHL) – The Appalachian Trail Conservancy has released updated guidelines for those wanting to enjoy the A.T.

While the ATC recommends staying at home and off the A.T., they wrote in a release that they “understand that many of you are considering hikes on the A.T. as your states’ stay-at-home orders expire or shift to “safer at home” recommendations.

The ATC asks that before hikers hit the trail, they ask three questions: does anyone in your group have COVID-19 symptoms, is there an official closure of the section of the A.T. for the hike and Are you, or anyone in your group, missing any essential gear to not only have a safe and healthy hike but also mitigate the spread or contraction of COVID-19?

The ATC wrote hikers should be self-sufficient, stay local and stay small.

You can read the full release here.

You can find more about what trails, parks and forests are open by visiting the Trail Team 11 page.

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