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As the weather warms up, local officials urge people to enjoy the sun and nature, but do it safely.

PMG PHOTO: JONATHAN HOUSE - Portlanders wearing masks take a walk along Southeast Bybee Boulevard on a sunny spring afternoon.With such beautiful spring weather, many people are itching to get out from under the stay home order and enjoy some fresh air.

The Pacific Northwest is known for its endless natural playgrounds, from open spaces and trails, to beaches and parks, there is so much to explore and enjoy in this state.

All that nature and opportunity for exercise can really help better people's moods and physical health during this pandemic. But currently, to help stem the spread of COVID-19 and enforce social distancing, many parks, park amenities, trails and beach accesses are closed or have limited access.

As the weather warms up, local leaders and health officials are urging you to continue to physically distance yourself from other people. Enjoy the sun and nature, but do it safely. This is no time to let our guard down.

For the most part, in cities and counties around the Portland metro area, parks and trails are open, but playgrounds, courts and athletic fields are closed. That being said, parks and recreation departments and land managers across the region are urging safe social distancing if you're planning to opt outside.

This KGW story is shared as part of a local media project to increase COVID-19 news coverage.

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