Parks Victoria has released its top safety tips for people planning to explore the State’s parks and nature reserves as COVID-19 pandemic restrictions ease.
The Agency said its top five safety tips were for visitors to be informed, stay safe, act responsibly, plan ahead, and take care.
“It’s been a challenging year, and now as the weather warms up, we understand people want to get out and enjoy the wide-open spaces and health benefits found in Victoria’s parks,” Parks Victoria said.
“We want you to stay safe, so please follow these important safety tips to help look after yourself, others and our precious environment,” it said.
It said the pandemic situation was changing frequently and people should ensure they knew the latest advice before visiting a park and followed the current public health measures.
“Avoid peak times when visiting parks especially on the weekend,” it said.
“Arrive before 10am and you’re more likely to find a carpark and you’ll be able to enjoy the park with less people around.”
It said park visitors should use their best judgement and avoid areas with lots of people.
“If it feels too crowded then it is too crowded; if a car park looks full, it is,” Parks Victoria said.
“Don’t squeeze onto a walking track, don’t join vehicle queues, don’t park illegally.”
The Agency said people should also observe physical distancing, wear a face mask and practice good hygiene.
Parks Victoria’s full list of safety tips can be accessed at this PS News link.