While everyone wishes the United States coronavirus pandemic would have passed by now, many states are still combating rising case levels and infection rates. This makes enjoying several classic fall activities (from pumpkin carving to weekend road trips) more complicated. However, just because there are pandemic restrictions in place doesn’t mean you need to give up all of your plans entirely. Follow these tips for a fun and safe fall.
Turn your backyard into a haven for small get-togethers.
One way to prevent the spread of the virus is to avoid indoor gatherings, where enclosed spaces make it easier for infected air particles to travel. This has led to multiple restaurants and entertainment venues investing in outdoor patio seating and gathering spaces for safe socializing. You can do the same for your home.
Evaluate your backyard or outdoor space and see how you can improve it for social get-togethers. For example, you may need to clean out your firepit or invest in new patio chairs for comfortable seating. You can even look into retractable awnings to create shade during sunny days. Durable awnings will allow you to have people over while still practicing social distancing.
Check the policies of fall festivals and other gatherings.
Many of the activities and traditions around fall involve people coming together. Entire communities attend football games to watch their local students take the field, while families spend their weekends going on hayrides and exploring pumpkin patches.
If these activities are still happening this year, check the policies set out by event staff and farm owners beforehand. For example, you may need to wear a mask when you are on the grounds or there could be capacity restrictions that limit how many people can attend.
Following these guidelines can keep you safe while also making your fall activities more enjoyable. There is less of a chance of getting turned away because of capacity if you know to arrive early or buy tickets beforehand.
Create a daypack with essential outdoor items.
If you plan to spend your fall hiking through the woods and connecting with nature safely, put together a few essentials that you will always take with you when you’re out. Your pack should include a reusable water bottle to stay hydrated, sunscreen, and mosquito repellent. If you plan to camp in the woods overnight, the right natural mosquito control can make sitting outside enjoyable (and less itchy later). Additionally, your daypack might also include an extra jacket, a rain poncho, a small first-aid kit, and protein bars in case you get hungry on the trail.
It’s easy to drop your guard when the temperature cools, but you can still get sunburned and dehydrated if you aren’t careful. These other items can also ensure that you are comfortable and able to keep hiking until you reach your destination.
Start dressing in layers.
The coronavirus pandemic has complicated social gatherings and activities. This means you might need more preparation if you are going to a fall festival or event. Make sure you dress in layers with an extra jacket and light sweater over a short-sleeve shirt. You can also pack gloves and a scarf for extra warmth. This way, if it gets cold, you don’t have to huddle next to a crowd of people by a fire or stand indoors where the risk of viral spread is higher.
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Fall can be fun, even if the middle of a pandemic. With a few key preparations, you can still enjoy your favorite seasonable activities without worrying about catching this nasty virus.
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