A holiday is approaching, and although we’re all ready to kick back, “COVID-19 is not taking a break for Labor Day weekend,” Elizabeth Carlton, an associate professor at the Colorado School of Public Health, warns.
Below, we’ve compiled expert advice on a few common ways to spend the day (with links to the full CDC guidelines for each activity). Keep in mind that our understanding of this virus continues to evolve, Carlton points out, and that guidance may change in the future.
socially distancing from people outside your household,
washing your hands often, and
staying home if you’re sick or experiencing COVID-19 symptoms.
If you’re planning on going to the beach …
Though no activity is without risk, “the beach may well be as good as it gets—if people stay socially distant,” Zeynep Tufekci wrote back in July. Even when you’re in the ocean, the CDC recommends staying six feet apart, but you can leave your mask off in the water.
“I keep saying we need positive examples of things we can do during this pandemic,” Carlton told me over the phone, “and I think camping is such a great example of that.”
If you’re camping with someone outside your household, bring your own tent, hand sanitizer, and marshmallows: The CDC guidelines recommend, among other measures, sleeping separately and avoiding sharing supplies, including food.
Carlton also suggests keeping an eye out for crowded places, such as campground bathrooms or stores you may stop at on the way in, and taking precautions in those spaces.