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How to Safely Spend Time Outside This Summer | RMHP Blog

How to Safely Spend Time Outside This Summer | RMHP Blog


How to Safely Spend Time Outside This Summer

Three Dos and Three Don’ts for Safe Outdoor Recreation During Coronavirus

Spending time outside has become more of a challenge now that the coronavirus pandemic has impacted our daily routines in so many dramatic ways.

Physical activity is a foundation of a healthy lifestyle, but it’s especially critical right now. Many people were quarantined for weeks, and in some cases months, and we’re all probably itching to get outside.

This summer, you can still spend time outdoors. However, it’s important to remember to follow guidelines that may be in place to keep you and your community safe. With that in mind, here are some recreation dos and don’ts for your next outdoor adventure.

DO: Maintain social distancing (at least six feet) even if you’re outside.

The fresh air and sunshine may feel like a safer environment, but don’t let your guard down completely. The CDC is still recommending that people coming from different households stay six feet apart, even if you’re under the open sky. Wearing a mask is also recommended.

DON’T: Spend time at a park or pool if you’re feeling sick.

The CDC still urges anyone with symptoms to stay home in order to minimize the risk of exposure to others.

The sunshine may be tempting, but if you experience dizziness, a fever, nausea, or trouble breathing stay at home.

DO: Check to make sure parks and recreational areas are open.

Many national parks have restricted openings right now. You may be able to visit the park for the day but may not be able to camp overnight. Or, you may only be able to visit certain areas of the park.

Playgrounds have limited hours right now as well, so check your local guidelines and restrictions before you set out.

DON’T: Ignore basic hygiene during this pandemic.

Fighting germs is still incredibly important right now, so don’t neglect these good hygiene practices:

  • Wash your hands often and thoroughly.
  • Wash for 20 seconds using soap and warm water.
  • Don’t touch your face.
  • Sanitize frequently touched surfaces, like your phone.

DO: Stick to your backyard if you don’t feel 100% confident about going somewhere public.

If taking your kids to a park fills you with anxiety, you may feel safer by having them play in the backyard instead.

Don’t feel guilty about staying closer to home if it helps you protect your own peace of mind. Going for a bike ride or a walk around the neighborhood are a few outdoor activities with limited person-to-person interaction.

DON’T: Hang out somewhere crowded.

If you pull up to a park or swimming pool and there’s a large group of people there already, it may be best to go somewhere else.

There are tons of outdoor spaces to enjoy throughout Colorado, meaning there are plenty of options in case one location is too populated. Here are some options you can try for your next outdoor adventure: