With the ongoing threat of the COVID-19 virus, many traditional summer plans have been canceled, or at the very least, quite modified.
However, there are still many ways to enjoy summertime activities while following the Center for Disease Control’s (CDC) guidelines.
In general, outdoor activities are much safer than indoor ones. Try for as much ventilation as possible and still wear a mask and keep interactions brief. There are four main factors to keep in mind when considering an activity: person, place, space, and time.
- Person – You will want to keep the number of people around you at a minimum. It is suggested not to socialize with more than 10 people at a time.
- Place – As mentioned, choose outdoor activities over indoor activities. There is a growing consensus among experts the risks of virus transmissibility in the air outdoors is quite low.
- Space – Even if you are outside, you should keep a minimum distance of 6 feet apart.
- Time – Most experts agree that after about 15-30 minutes of exposure, your risk increases significantly. You should always wear a face mask and wash your hands often.
Walking outside, farmers’ markets, gardening, barbeques with a small crowd, and outdoor socialization while practicing social distancing are generally considered low-risk activities. When participating in these activities, the CDC suggests that you do not hug or shake hands, clean reusable shared items before and after the event, use single-use products when possible, and keep a list of guests who attended in case you need to trace contact in the future.
If you don’t yet feel comfortable with venturing into the public, there are plenty of online resources to keep you busy and entertained. Solar System Scope offers an incredibly accurate tour of the solar system, the night sky, and the ability to view outer space in real-time. Many zoos, like the Atlanta Zoo’s panda cam, are offering real-time webcams to watch animals. Additionally, to replace in-person game night, try this website which offers numerous card games such as solitaire, Sudoku, backgammon, and more.
While this pandemic has certainly changed how normal activities are conducted, it does not have to limit events entirely. When eager to reconnect with family and friends, remember that you can as long as you are taking precautions.