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