Enjoying Autumn Safely

Donnelly-Boland's Wellness Program

The chill in the air and changing foliage mean it is time to say goodbye to summer and welcome autumn, a season full of festive activities and gatherings. Even though COVID-19 has changed many things this year, it doesn’t have to stop us from enjoying our beloved fall traditions – as long as we take extra precautions. Outdoor Activities Pumpkin patches, haunted houses, hayrides and apple picking are fall favorites, but they often involve close interaction with others. You can make these activities safer by: · Contacting the venue beforehand to learn about their distancing, capacity and cleaning guidelines. · Visiting during off-peak hours. · Leaving if you notice protocols not being followed. You may also want to think of new ways to enjoy the beautiful fall weather, such as taking a walk through a local park, going on a drive to enjoy the changing leaves or hosting a faux tailgate in your yard for members of your household. Halloween Halloween fun doesn’t have to stop because of COVID-19. The CDC has categorized several Halloween activities – including decorating a home or room, carving pumpkins, and holding a virtual costume contest or scavenger hunt – as lower risk; however, trick-or-treating from house to house is a little riskier. If your family will be participating in trick-or-treating this year, consider: · Placing individually wrapped goodie bags somewhere that trick-or-treaters can grab and go, such as the end of a driveway or edge of a yard. · Researching the trick-or-treat plans for your community. · Only trick-or-treating with members of your household.

Hosting and Attending Gatherings Autumn is typically a time of gathering with friends and family, and these events can still happen with a bit of planning and creativity. If you are hosting a gathering: · Follow the CDC’s tips for hosting gatherings. · Try to hold the event outdoors. If that is not possible, make sure your guests can stay in a space that is well-ventilated, partially open and not crowded. You can also open doors and windows, if the weather permits. · Consider asking any guests from outside of your household to avoid contact with others for 14 days prior to the event. If you are attending a gathering: · Check with the event host to learn about their plans to prevent the spread of the COVID-19 virus. · Bring supplies to help keep you and others safe, such as extra unused masks, tissues and hand sanitizer. · Consider avoiding contact with people outside of your household for 14 days prior to the event. General Recommendations

Regardless of the activities you participate in this fall, it’s important to continue following CDC guidelines such as maintaining physical distance, wearing a mask, washing your hands or using hand sanitizer if soap and water are not available, and getting tested if you think you have symptoms. By taking a few extra steps, you can make sure that this fall season is not only safe but also filled with fun! Resources COVID-19: How to Safely Enjoy Fall Activities Holiday Celebrations

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