BANGOR – While more cases of COVID-19 are reported throughout the state, more people are escaping its harsh reality by going outdoors. Officials want to make sure people are doing so safely.
“Whether it’s boating or fishing or hiking, people are trying to get out and get some fresh air, do things that are more fun than just sitting at home,” said Lt. Aaron Cross, a Maine Game Warden.
While coronavirus is spreading throughout the state, Lt. Cross wants to remind people to be safe while engaging in outdoor activities.
He adds over the past few weeks, more and more people are going outside and getting on their boats to enjoy the warmer weather.
However, Cross says when groups of people go boating, they have to factor in social distancing. He says if they can’t because of the size of their boat or their group, then someone would have to stay behind or they can’t go on the water.
“There’s a lot of opportunities, even in a regular motor boat, to maintain that social distancing,” Lt. Cross said. “It’s just a matter of making sure that people are being mindful of that when they’re out recreating”
The lieutenant says game wardens themselves are all maintaining the social distancing guidelines while they’re out working.
To make that easier for them, they’ve been provided extra masks and other protective safety equipment.
Cross says ultimately, the game wardens want to go out, do their jobs and continue to protect the public.
“It’s a calming kind of effect that people see some sort of normalcy in a time like this,” Cross said. “We try to do everything business as usual, obviously with some extra things in mind as far as precautions. Our service to the public has not changed.”