With so much available information about the pandemic, it can be difficult to sort fact from fiction. Understanding the difference when it comes to COVID-19 can help you feel more secure in your decisions as you plan and attend summer activities and gatherings.
True or false?
If you are outdoors, you do not need to practice social distancing.
False. While it is less likely for you to contract COVID-19 outdoors, it is still important to stay at least six feet away from other people. Some people with COVID-19 have no symptoms and can spread the disease without knowing it.
Cloth face coverings are a replacement for social distancing.
Even if you and everyone you are socializing with are wearing cloth face coverings, you still need to practice safe social distancing
. This applies to situations where you are outside your home or around anyone outside your immediate household.
It is a good idea to check a restaurant’s website or call ahead to find out what preventive steps they are taking before you go.
According to the CDC, you should find out if all restaurant staff are wearing cloth face coverings
. You may also ask if outdoor seating is available, what precautions the restaurant is taking and if it is set up for safe social distancing.
You should arrange tables six feet apart at any gathering.
There are other ways you can help manage health risks
, such as reminding guests to stay home if they are sick, only hosting a party outside with a small number of attendees, cleaning hands often, wearing cloth face coverings, and limiting the number of people handling and serving food.
If hosting a cookout or outdoor party, keep an up-to-date guest list.
The CDC recommends keeping track of party guests in case you or someone else has COVID-19. This practice can help with contact tracing
to warn others of exposure to contain further transmission.
If you work out at a public gym, you should take extra precautions.
True. Especially when using shared equipment, you should wipe down machines and equipment with disinfecting wipes. Use hand sanitizer that has at least 60% alcohol before using machines. Wear a face covering when using an indoor track or in a close space.
Swimming is off limits during the pandemic.
False. There is currently no evidence that COVID-19 can spread to people through water in pools, hot tubs and water playgrounds. However, it is still important to practice social distancing with people outside of your home when visiting public recreational areas, including pools, beaches and lakes.
Things change rapidly, so check credible resources like the CDC for the most up-to-date information. Safety precautions can help you relax and enjoy your summer fun.