Updated April 26, 2020
The recent outbreak of COVID-19 has no doubt turned our world upside down over the past few weeks. Several folks are wondering if the Katy Trail is open as Corona Virus cases are mounting, forcing officials to issue stay at home orders across the nation and encouraging social distancing.
On April 6, 2020, the State of Missouri began a state wide stay at home order following actions first implemented by select counties such as Saint Charles and Boone. Outdoor recreation is still listed as a valid reason to venture outdoors according to governor Parson’s statement below:
The Order does not prohibit Missourians from accessing essential services, such as grocery stores, gas stations, and banks, or engaging in outdoor recreation, provided that necessary precautions are taken and maintained to reduce the transmission of COVID-19, including observing the social gathering and social distancing requirements set forth in the Order.
While KatyTrailMO is not qualified to advise what is best for public health, we can recommend that if you choose to utilize the trail, please exercise caution and respect anyone you may come across by keeping a distance. If you believe you have been exposed or are showing symptoms of COVID-19, it is your responsibility to stay home and seek medical attention. If in doubt, stay home.
The Katy Trail offers plenty of space to spread out, however reports indicate the virus can survive in the air and that wearing face protection is recommended. Additionally, most trail side facilities are either closed, or not recommended to utilize in order to limit the chance of infecting one another.
Many spring events along the trail have been postponed or cancelled to limit large group gatherings. We are updating events as we receive word and will work to keep folks informed when they are rescheduled. An aggregated list of Spring event cancellations and postponements can be found here.