Here are some suggested activities for health and wellness while practicing social distancing.
Participate in community service:
- Pick up trash in your neighborhood, in a park, a trail, or alongside a roadway while maintaining a safe distance away from any roads and practicing social distancing.
Go outside if the weather is nice (while practicing social distancing*):
- Pack a lunch, some folding chairs or a blanket, and have a picnic.
- Ride your bike.
- Exercise outdoors - try yoga, stretching or running short sprints.
- Go for a walk or a hike. Take your kids and/or your dog (remember to follow leash laws).
- Go fishing (fishing license needed except for at Elizabeth River Park pier).
- Go for a paddle in your kayak or canoe.
- Take the kids on a field trip and go bird watching or look for other wildlife.
- Learn about native plants and trees along one of the City's tree trails.
- Create your own scavenger hunt.
- Play "touchless" tag using a pool noodle, squirt gun or something else to tag each other.
- Pull out some arts and crafts and practice painting outside or "plein air."
- Decorate your sidewalks with colored chalk.
- Visit one of our many parks in the city. Check them out here!
City of Chesapeake parks and trails remain open to unorganized recreation but outdoor park amenities including the Skate Park at Chesapeake City Park, all City Dog Parks, all City Outdoor Courts, Park Restrooms and all City Playgrounds are closed until further notice.
*Social distancing: Citizens and visitors are encouraged to avoid large gatherings and close contact activities and follow the recommendations below while visiting parks, trails, and open spaces.
- Refrain from using parks and trails or open spaces while exhibiting symptoms of any illness.
- Follow CDC's guidance on personal hygiene prior to and during use of parks and trails or open spaces.
- Prepare for limited access to public restrooms or water fountains.
- While on trails, warn other users of your presence and as you pass them, and step aside to let others pass you.
- Follow CDC guidance and the Governor's executive orders on the recommended size of social gatherings including outdoor picnicking, pick-up sports and other group hangouts (gatherings of more than 10 individuals are prohibited except for family members living in the same residence), and maintain proper physical distance at all times.
- Observe CDC's minimum recommended social distancing of 6 feet from other individuals at all times. If this is not possible, users should find an alternate location or depart that space.
- Consult the latest city guidelines on parks and trails availability and use.
Visit our Virtual Classes, Activities and Engagement web page to keep you connected while offering opportunities for you and your family's well-being.