CHEYENNE – This Memorial Day weekend, the Bureau of Land Management asks visitors to follow state and local public health guidance, come prepared, be flexible and respect other users, as well as natural and cultural resources on public lands.

The BLM provides great opportunities for visitors to enjoy America’s open spaces – and to reflect on the sacrifices made by the United States Armed Services veterans who died serving our country.

“This Memorial Day, please take time to remember and honor those men and women who gave their lives to protect our nation and the values we hold dear. And if you do choose to get outside on your public lands with friends and family over the weekend, please do so responsibly and safely,” BLM Deputy Director for Policy and Programs William Perry Pendley said in a news release.

Because the safety of BLM employees and the public remains paramount, the BLM reminds visitors to recreate responsibly and safely on Memorial Day weekend and throughout the remainder of the year by following these recreation tips:

• Stay home if you don’t feel well or have recently been sick.

• Follow guidance from local and state authorities, as well as the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

• Avoid heavily used or crowded trails, parking areas and sites, and seek dispersed recreation opportunities in your local area. Have a backup plan to avoid crowded high-use areas. If you find an area to be crowded, turn around.

• Check with local offices for current conditions, including closures and changes in service, before visiting popular areas and visit blm.gov for operating status updates.

• Practice social distancing. Be considerate of others enjoying the outdoors by giving them as much space as possible in parking lots, at trailheads and out on public lands.

• Help prevent human-caused wildfires. Completely extinguish campfires by using the “drown, stir and feel” method. Don’t park on dry grass and ensure tow chains aren’t dragging and tow straps are secured. Observe fire danger restrictions on BLM lands designated as high-risk early in this fire season. Follow fireworks restrictions and target shooting requirements at all times.

• Avoid unnecessary risks while recreating to prevent overwhelming medical facilities.

• Bring supplies for sanitation with you and pack out your trash. Facilities, including bathrooms and visitor centers may not be open or available for in-person contact.

Before visiting BLM lands, offices and facilities, please check the appropriate website to determine its operating status and current conditions, or contact your local BLM office.

Updates about the overall BLM response to COVID-19 are posted at https://www.blm.gov/alert/coronavirus-advisory.

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