If you want to spend time with people who don’t live with you, outdoors is the safer choice! You are less likely to be exposed to COVID-19 during outdoor activities, even without the use of masks. – CDC 

Weigh the Risks

COVID spreads more easily indoors, in crowded areas, and when others aren’t wearing masks. In general follow COVID-19 best practices when participating in any activity that includes others that aren’t part of your household: 

  • Wear a well-fitted mask that covers your mouth and nose; regardless of vaccination status 
  • Stay 6 feet away from others 
  • Avoid crowds 
  • Wash or sanitize your hands often 

Safer Outdoor Activities

  • Run, walk or bike at your local park 
  • Hike on local trails 
  • Take your pet for a walk around the neighborhood 
  • Ski or snowboard at your local skiing hill 
  • Go sledding at your neighborhood sledding hill 
  • Ice fishing or hunting with others in your household 
  • Ice skate at your neighborhood rink 
  • Pick up curbside meals or get food delivered  
  • Roast marshmallows by a firepit 
  • Have an outdoor barbeque 
  • Go to a drive-thru light festival 
  • Create your own outdoor movie party 

Less Safe Indoor Activities

  • Exercise at a fitness center 
  • Walk around the mall  
  • Attend a class at a yoga studio 
  • Swim at your local pool or waterpark 
  • Ice skate at an indoor rink 
  • Eat inside at a restaurant 
  • Watch movies with friends 
  • Have a game night 
  • Bake and decorate cookies with friends 
  • Chat with friends at a local coffee shop 
  • Watch a movie at a theater 
  • Watch a musical performance or play 
  • Attend a sporting event or concert 
  • Shop during peak times and holidays 
  • Visit Santa at the mall 

There are plenty of ways to be festive this year, but there are also ways to do so safely to ensure that you and your loved ones don’t get sick. The safest way to gather this holiday season is with others who are fully vaccinated, outdoors, and to wear masks. 

Check out our holiday gathering blog that gives you some tips and tricks on ways to stay safe if you gather with friends.  

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Amy Nelson

Amy Nelson graduated in 2020 with a degree in Art: I-Design. As a student, she worked with the University Marketing & Communications team as a writer and photographer. She was hired after graduation to support public health communications during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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