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Staying physically active is one of the best ways to keep your mind and body healthy, especially during the current COVID-19 pandemic. For many people, especially during the summer, physical activity is usually something they’d be doing outside at parks, beaches, campgrounds, and a host of other summer destinations. Keep reading for places to go and ways to stay active, even while shelter-in-place restrictions are in place!
Visit parks that are close to home! Places you can and should visit will ideally be close by and won’t require much traveling. Visit those parks that are closest to you and check with the park or recreation area well in advance to learn how to prepare safely. Find out if there are bathroom facilities and other services that are still open and available to the public. Beaches and other watering holes will be opened or closed at the purview of state and local authorities. You should check each beach to see which are open.
Stay at least six feet away from others you don’t live with, and make sure you take all necessary steps to prevent the spread of COVID-19. This might mean some trails, paths, and open areas will be safer to use than others. Avoid going into all crowded areas if you can. When you visit any of the parks, beaches, or recreational facilities still open for public use, continue to wash hands often, and cover coughs and sneezes.
You should also wear a cloth face-covering whenever feasible. They’re essential to social distancing in public, though shouldn’t be used on children under two years of age and anyone who has trouble breathing. Also, keep washing your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after using the restroom, before and after eating, blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing. Older children and adults can safely use hand sanitizer with 60% alcohol.
Playgrounds should be avoided if possible, as they are challenging to keep clean and disinfected. There are also problems with keeping crowds from forming and having children social distance safely. You’ll also want to keep it safe around swimming pools, hot tubs, and other recreational water spaces. While there is evidence indicating COVID-19 can’t be spread to humans through most recreational water, caution is suggested. With the proper operation of these aquatic venues and the disinfection of the water, the virus should be inactive upon contact with either the chlorine or bromine. If you choose to visit either of these locations, continue to practice all social distancing rules as listed above. That way, together, we can stop the spread of COVID-19.
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