How to Enjoy the Summer—From A Distance

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Even though we are at a different place than we were last summer, one thing is certain—the virus is still with us. While businesses have reopened and people are traveling again, some families rightfully worry how they can continue to protect their loved ones and stay safe.

Here are four suggestions to help you get out of the house to enjoy some activities while keeping socially distant this summer.

Take a Hike
Hiking is a great physical activity with therapeutic benefits. Couple that with the fact that you can keep your distance from a crowd makes it a perfect way to spend a summer day. Many National Parks are open around the country, and you can use this guide to help you find the closest one to you. And if you’re local to Arizona, why not consider making an all-day trip to the Grand Canyon?

Enjoy a Picnic
Picnics have become increasingly popular in the past few years and it’s easy to see why. It’s a great way to get some fresh air and enjoy a meal—all while not sitting cramped in a crowded café or restaurant. Pack your own lunch or purchase some takeout (it’s a great way to support a local business), grab a blanket, and head out to a nearby park to enjoy a low-key afternoon. Please check out these safety tips before planning your day.

Camp in Your Backyard

Don’t feel like running into people or camping at a crowded campsite? Why not try camping in your own backyard? Or head to a family member’s yard. Set up a tent under the stars, grill some food, and end the night with smores and campfire stories or music. One of the best parts of this type of camping is that not only did you not have to gas up the car to travel, but you’re also mere steps away from your house when you need it!

Hit the Beach
If you’re a sun and wave seeker, it may be time to hit the beach. Enjoy a dose of vitamin D at the lake or sea this summer. Spread your blanket and towel away from others and delve into the deep for some recreation. Just don’t forget to drink lots of water and apply plenty of sunscreen!  

Looking for more information on summer activities you can enjoy from a social distance? Here are some additional resources:

Safe Outdoor Activities During the COVID-19 Pandemic
How to Protect Yourself & Others