April 13, 2021

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What You Need To Know About Daily Activities And Going Out 

As communities and businesses are opening, you may be looking for ways to resume some daily activities as safely as possible. While there is no way to ensure zero risk of infection, it is important to understand potential risks and how to adopt different types of prevention measures to protect yourself and to help reduce the spread of COVID-19.

CDC cannot provide the specific risk level for every activity in every community. Thatís why itís important for you to consider your own personal situation and the risk for you, your family, and your community before venturing out.

What You Need To Know

Continue to take these steps to reduce your risk of getting and spreading COVID-19:

  • Consistently wear a well-fitted mask that completely covers your nose and mouth
  • Stay at least 6 feet away from others who do not live with you
  • Avoid crowds
  • Avoid poorly ventilated indoor spaces
  • Stay home when you are sick
  • Wash your hands frequently with soap and water for at least 20 seconds (or use hand sanitizer containing at least 60% alcohol)
  • Get vaccinated when the vaccine is available to you
  • Get tested if you have signs or symptoms of COVID-19, or if you think you may have been exposed to someone with COVID-19

Outdoor and Indoor Activities 

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If you want to spend time with people who donít 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, when you
  • Stay at least 6 feet apart from people who donít live with you
  • Limit your time around others
  • Bring a mask with you to put on when you encounter people who may get closer than 6 feet
  • Follow local mask mandates 
Safer-Outdoor Activities 
  • Run, walk, or bike at your neighborhood park
  • Hike on local trails
  • Take your dog for a walk around the neighborhood
  • Participate in an outdoor yoga class
  • Work in the garden
  • Pick up curbside meals
  • Get food delivered
  • Eat outside at a restaurant where the tables are at least 6 feet apart
  • Have a picnic at a park
  • Play kickball in a friendís backyard
  • Roast marshmallows by a firepit
  • Have an outdoor barbeque
  • Go to a drive-in
  • Listen to an outdoor concert from your car
  • Create your own outdoor movie party
Less Safe-Indoor Activities
  • Exercise at a fitness center
  • Walk around the mall during off hours
  • Attend a class at a yoga studio
  • Swim at your local pool
  • Eat inside at a restaurant
  • Watch movies
  • Play games
  • Chat with your friends
  • Watch a movie at a theater
  • Watch a musical performance
  • Watch a play

Large and Small Gatherings 

Large Gatherings

If you plan to attend a large gathering, those held outdoors are safer than indoor gatherings. Stay home if you are sick or have been near someone who thinks they may have or have been exposed to COVID-19.

  • Once you are fully vaccinated, you may be able to start doing some things that you had stopped doing because of the pandemic.
  • Gathering virtually or with the people you live with is the safest choice.
  • Attend an outdoor concert where attendees are wearing masks and staying 6 feet apart.
  • Watch an outdoor sporting event where you are seated more than 6 feet away from others.
  • Attend a front yard neighborhood BBQ where each neighbor gathers in his or her yard and brings his or her own food.
  • Check with the organizer or event venue for updated information about any COVID-19 safety guidelines.

Small Gatherings

Check the COVID-19 infection rates in areas where guests live to consider whether it is safe to hold or attend a gathering. If you choose to have guests at your home, make sure that everyone follows the steps to make gatherings safer.

  • Have conversations with the host ahead of time to understand expectations for celebrating together.
  • Bring your own food, drinks, plates, cups, utensils, and condiment packets.
  • Wear a mask indoors and outdoors.
  • Avoid shouting, cheering loudly, or singing. Clap, stomp your feet, or bring (or provide) hand-held noisemakers instead.
  • Stay home if you are sick or have been near someone who thinks they may have or have been exposed to COVID-19.
  • Itís okay if you decide to stay home and remain apart from others. Do whatís best for you.

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