The outdoors offers the refreshing sights and sounds of nature at Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) areas. However, MDC reminds visitors to area trails, parking lots, and roads that the current coronavirus threat makes physical distancing critical when enjoying the outdoors.

In a press release from the MDC:

This is especially important at popular conservation areas and nature centers in or near cities and towns. The COVID-19 virus has caused stay home directives in many cities and counties. Though a walk outdoors is considered a healthy break from the indoors, if people maintain physical distancing and avoid overcrowding areas. Many people are taking advantage of free time to head outdoors.

MDC and the Missouri Conservation Commission have temporarily waived permit requirements for sport fishing and daily trout tags for Missouri residents and nonresidents whose fishing privileges are not otherwise suspended. The waiver of needing a permit or trout tag to fish will run through April 15. Seasons, methods, and limits still apply and will be enforced.

Spring turkey season in Missouri remains open and as scheduled.