Staying safe outside during COVID-19
Tips for your family on how to safely enjoy spending time outdoors.
Getting outdoors is a favourite pastime of adults and children alike. But with the continuing COVID-19 pandemic, parents are faced with navigating how to enjoy being outside while protecting their family’s health. Consider this your “cheat sheet” for safer outdoor fun! Staying physically active is one of the best ways every member of the family can keep their minds and bodies healthy. By taking some key steps, you can help your family minimize the risk of exposure to the COVID-19 virus.
1. Remind each other to follow key precautions while outside, such as staying at least one meter away from others, wearing a fabric mask ( the one I’m wearing here is from IEDM FACE MASK with adjustable ear loops) when close to people outside your household, not touching your face (eyes, nose, mouth) or the mask surface, and frequently washing or sanitizing your hands.
2. If you decide to eat outside, bring your own food and utensils. If this is not possible, choose the safest food option, such as take-out rather than eating indoors. Don’t forget to wash or sanitize your hands before eating.
3. Before leaving the house, check to make sure all family members feel well and are symptom-free.
4. Encourage your family to use the toilet before leaving your home and try to minimize using public ones, as you don’t know how crowded they may be. If you need to use a public restroom, keep a distance of at least 1 meter from others, wear a mask and wash your hands with soap and water immediately afterwards. If soap and water are not available, use a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60 per cent alcohol.
5. It’s important that you and the people around you wear a mask when in public and particularly when it’s difficult to stay 6 feet away from others consistently.
6. The closer you are to other people who may be infected, the greater your risk of getting sick. Keeping distance from other people is especially important for people who are at higher risk for severe illness, such as older adults and those with underlying medical conditions.
7. Consider packing a hand sanitizer with at least 60 per cent alcohol, disinfecting wipes, tissues, extra fabric masks and a resealable bag to store the mask while not in use (e.g. while eating or drinking).
8. When planning outings, try to avoid peak times and crowded settings and take routes that are less congested wherever possible.
9. Once you come home, make sure to first wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
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Be prepared and stay safe! Thanks for stopping by. Have a great weekend ahead!