The federal government has officially extended its social distancing guidelines through April 30. When practicing social distancing during the COVID-19 outbreak, we should be avoiding mass gatherings and group settings. As for situations when we are still around others, it is important to keep a distance of six feet or more.
All of these efforts and precautions are in place to help us flatten the curve. In practicing social distancing, we can reduce the number of COVID-19 cases and help prevent health care facilities from being overwhelmed with patients. We are also able to protect the more vulnerable groups in our communities from getting sick.
So, you’re practicing social distancing, but what exactly does that mean? What should you not be doing right now? And what activities are still safe? We are here to answer your questions. Check out our breakdown below.
Activities to avoid
You should be avoiding the following places and activities during the COVID-19 outbreak.
- Crowded retail stores
- Visitors in your house
- Non-essential workers in your house
- Mass transit systems
- Athletic events
- Church services
- Public workout facilities
- Concerts and theater shows
Proceed but keep your distance
The following activities are still safe to do. However, remember to keep a safe distance between yourself and others.
- Picking up medications
- Getting takeout from a restaurant
- Going on a walk or hike
- Shopping for groceries
The following activities are completely safe to do during the COVID-19 outbreak.
- Reading a good book
- Listening to your favorite music
- Playing in your yard with your kids
- Trying a new recipe
- Yard work
- Spring cleaning in your house
- Reorganizing a room or closet
- Starting a home exercise challenge
- Going for a drive
- Calling or emailing a family member
- Hosting a group video chat with friends
- Writing in a journal
- Riding your bike
- Working on a puzzle
- Having a family game night
What have you been doing to pass the time during social distancing? We want to hear from you, so please comment below.
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