Parents have asked: what does social distancing mean, and how can I protect my family? Here are some reminders.
- Avoid group gatherings, such as play dates, sleepovers, parties and visiting each other’s homes.
- Those in need of childcare should limit the number of families involved as much as possible.
- Get outside, take walks, ride bikes, go to the playground or go on hikes, but maintain 6 feet of distance between individuals outside of your immediate family.
- Cook meals at home, if possible.
- Limit visits to stores and restaurants or coffee shops; try to plan grocery store trips during non-peak hours if/when possible.
- Practice prevention like covering coughs, hand washing and social distancing techniques with children and have them practice among themselves.
- Remember that there are many safe activities to explore – family game nights, reading books, listening to music, going for walks and spending time outside, checking on a friend and group video chats are a few.
As the weather continues to improve, outdoor gatherings of fewer than 10 are viewed as appropriate at the moment, but social distancing techniques must still be practiced. Teens are included in this group, and activities like bike riding and hiking/walking are viewed as better alternatives to gathering in groups.