With long, sunny days finally in the forecast, and many communities across the country reopening outdoor spaces as the COVID-19 pandemic begins to subside, kids and parents are eager to get out of the house and enjoy some of their most cherished summertime traditions and activities. Keep your summer safe, healthy, and fun with the tips below.
Follow These Healthy Habits While Outdoors
At the Y, we believe quality family time is essential for building strong relationships and promoting healthy habits. This summer, outdoor time is more important than ever for families that have spent extra time at home during the COVID-19 pandemic. When you head outside for family fun, follow these five tips:*
- Bring hand sanitizer so you can wash hands while you are out.
- Don’t touch stuff. Teach your kids to be careful about touching objects and surfaces that may carry germs, such as doorknobs and elevator buttons. All the things that kids like to play with or climb on – playground equipment, park toys, public benches, etc. – are contamination risks too. Refer to tip #1 in case your kids forget!
- Bring masks along. Hopefully, you can maintain appropriate physical distance, but if you find yourself in closer contact with others, you’ll want to put them on. Note that children under two-years-old should not wear masks for safety reasons.
- Choose low-traffic outdoor spaces. If you don’t have a yard or space of your own, find an outdoor space that isn’t too crowded.
- Keep up the physical distancing while you’re outdoors. The chances of catching something from someone as they pass by is quite small, but it’s best to give them as much space as you can.
*Source: Harvard Medical School