Summer is definitely different this year and enjoying outdoor activities and warmer weather is certainly not something we want to miss. It is in this spirit that we invite you to read some of our tips for safely getting through Summer in the ‘new normal’ and thereby reducing some anxieties from coming out of lockdown.
Take full advantage of what the Centres for Disease Control (CDC) notes about open-air spaces (such as parks and beaches): They generally pose less of a risk when it comes to CoVid-19 transmission than indoor spaces, as they offer better ventilation and a higher opportunity of maintaining physical distance. Nevertheless, it is still important to take safety precautions like the ones outlined below.
Keep away from people who don’t live with you (at least 6 feet or about 2 arms’ length away).
Everyone above the age of 2 should wear a mask, especially when maintaining physical distance is difficult.
Wash your hands often!
Visiting parks and recreation areas
Call in advance to make sure it’s open and to ask what kind of facilities are available (bathrooms, tables, etc.) so that you can come prepared.
Plan your visit for a time when there are fewer crowds.
Upon arrival, avoid trails, paths, and other areas where it is difficult to keep physical distancing from others.
Enjoying activities in the water
Don’t wear a mask in the water. It would get wet and could act against you if something happens (it would make it harder to breathe).
Make sure you stay away from other swimmers (at least 6 feet).
Rinse yourself off after getting out of the water. Even though evidence suggests that CoVid-19 can’t be spread through water, it’s better to be safe than sorry.
Plan ahead when you’re packing
Bring everything you can when thinking of hygiene. This includes sanitizer and hand soap (even if there are public restrooms, they might not always have these at hand). Disinfectant wipes also come in handy so that you can clean entry gates, bathroom door handles, and tabletops.
Pack a small first-aid kit, insect repellent, and hat or umbrella.
Don’t forget the sunscreen and safety gear like helmets or life jackets (if you’re planning on cycling or boating).
Arrange tables and chairs in a way that allows at least 6 feet between family groups (or between individuals with whom you don’t live at home).
Encourage guests with whom you don’t live at home to bring their own food and beverages and provide single-serve condiments packets (unless you’re willing to sanitize them after every use).
When sharing food, identify a single person to serve the food and handle the utensils (again, this minimizes the number of times you need to sanitize everything after someone touches it).
Even though it may seem like somewhat of a hassle, taking precautionary measures like these can make all the difference.
Would you like to share any tips with us about staying safe this Summer and reducing anxieties related to the ‘new normal’? We’re always here for you if you’d like to get in touch!