People working to practice social distancing on busy trails

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RALEIGH, N.C. (WNCN) — Many people have been heading to the trails to enjoy the sunny weather and take a recreation break from staying inside.

“I just want to come out, get a workout in and then go back home and work from home,” said Stephen Stanley, who regularly goes to Shelley Lake.

Spots like Shelley Lake and Lake Lynn are seeing a lot more visitors amid the state’s stay-at-home order.

Some people said they’re avoiding the trails due to the extra bodies. Others said they go while keeping social distancing in mind.

“It’s been pretty busy, especially on the warmer days, but I think everyone’s doing a good job and sticking to their own space on the trails,” said Steven Fedorovich, who regularly goes to Shelley Lake.

The company Unacast gave North Carolina a ‘D-‘ on a social distancing scoreboard. They use cell phone data to track how Americans’ movements have changed since the COVID-19 outbreak.

Dozens of state parks are now closed due to continued crowding.

The city of Raleigh said they’re constantly reviewing and assessing the steps they’re taking. They’ve closed a handful of parks and put signs out at open ones as social distancing reminders.

“Everybody’s doing a great job out here,” said Stanley.

Wake County said they’re also monitoring the crowds at their parks and temporarily closing gates if they get too crowded.

On Saturday and Sunday, they closed Harris Lake County Park to new visitors for 90 minutes.
The county says there are no current plans to close parks altogether.

“I think it helps people mentally to get out of the house, walk around, look at the lake and enjoy some time outside,” said Fedorovich.

Officials said it’s up to people to use common sense and follow the guidelines.
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