Safe outdoor activities during the COVID-19 pandemic

The COVID-19 pandemic doesn’t have to halt all of your outdoor fun.

As the pandemic continues, it’s important to take care of yourself, your family, and those around you. At the same time, well-being also includes doing things that make life worth living. With the right information, you can make thoughtful choices about ways to have fun outdoor activities to enjoy. Being outside offers other benefits, too. It offers an emotional boost and can help you feel less tense, stressed, angry or depressed. And sunlight can give your body vitamin D, too.

When you’re outside, fresh air is constantly moving, dispersing COVID -19 droplets. There are steps you can take to gather with friends and family outdoors while keeping your risk of coronavirus transmission low. It should be outdoors with distance. Plan activities that don’t require close contact and remember to wear masks and bring hand sanitizer.

And don’t let cold, rainy weather stop you from being active outdoors! Dress in layers and protect your head, hands and feet. Then head outside for a hike in one of our county’s many trails, explore our rivers, go beachcombing (I’ve found tons of sand dollars, agates, and other treasures), and explore the amazing tide pools close by ( see pictures), to name a few. And aim to keep a positive mindset about winter. This may help you to enjoy the season and winter activities more.
Even just a small group of friends hanging out outdoors while social distancing and wearing masks can preserve friendships, make new ones, and be fun! Children of all ages can connect with others outdoors, which is safer than being together indoors.

Here’s one of the super fun activities I’ve shared with friends and family during the pandemic:

Drive-in movies: It’s something many people can enjoy together with plenty of physical distance. Make your own drive-in movie theater right in your backyard. If you have a sheet and a projector and plenty of snacks, you’re in business. To make one, all you have to do is follow a few simple steps, and then you can have a fun night with family or a socially distant gathering with friends. Tips below.

Monica Rivera – Fuente Nueva School Counselor