By Marcus Hill | 50th Space Wing Public Affairs
SCHRIEVER AIR FORCE BASE, Colo. — While COVID-19 seeks to take the ‘outdoor’ out of 50th Force Support Squadron’s Outdoor Recreation program, they continue to adapt to the changes. In addition to the pandemic, the new order forced outdoor recreation to cancel numerous trips, classes and other activities to curb the spread of the virus. “We’ve moved everything so we can work from home,” said Juli Yim, 50th FSS director of outdoor recreation. “Anything involving the RV lot or questions regarding trips, we’re answering from home. We were supposed to have a ski trip, but all of the mountains are closed. We wanted to get it going, but after a while it wasn’t the smart thing to do.”
Some activities outdoors, however, remain an option, following Governor Jared Polis’ shelter-in-place order March 25. “I’ve gone for walks every day,” Yim said. “Hiking is good to do and getting out for fresh air is great. As long as people maintain that distance they should be good to go.” Polis encouraged hiking, biking and snowshoeing for citizens to maintain their health during the shelter-in-place order. During those activities, per Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidelines, staying six feet apart to prevent the spread of the virus remains the expectation. Other physical activities don’t require Airmen to leave their homes or stray far from their residences. “I mostly play outside with my dogs and do yard work,” said Braden Prather, 50th FSS outdoor recreation clerk. “I take them for walks, especially since the weather’s been nice. I make sure to play with them outside to keep them occupied.”
Despite social distancing, families can still use multiple avenues for entertainment while remaining at a safe distance. “That can include popping out the corn hole set,” Yim said. “You can do that with your household unit. At least you’re getting outside and getting some sunshine, which is great for killing the virus.” Outdoor recreation will continue to answer questions regarding plans for trips and classes. For more information, contact Yim at 719-313-0655 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.