The summer’s warmer temperatures coupled with fatigue from months
of confinement are luring many of us outside with desires to make up for
lost time. But your health and the health of our community must come first.
The virus is primarily spread from person to person through respiratory
droplets released into the air that can live on some surfaces for up to
weeks. So, as recommended by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention,
remember these four W’s:
Wash your hands – often and with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
Watch your distance – keep at least 6 feet between yourself and people
Wear a cloth face cover – one that protects both your mouth and nose.
Wipe down and disinfect surfaces – such as the wheel of your car and
As long as you are able to follow these safety precautions, it is possible
to enjoy the outdoors in the age of COVID-19. Here are four low-risk summer
activities to enjoy:
Visit nature. The sun, fresh air and physical activity can do wonders for your mental
health after months cooped up inside. Plan a day trip to a local park,
hike or bike the Gorge’s lesser-known trails and bike paths or enjoy
the Columbia River on a raft or kayak and go swimming.
Camp out in your own yard. Pitch a tent in your own yard and camp out with members of your immediate
household. S’mores and star-gazing will make you feel a world away.
Plan a social distancing picnic. Make it a small group gathering and ask your friends to BYO everything
–– food, utensils and picnic blankets -- to avoid sharing
items. Arrange blankets at least six feet apart. You’ll notice right
away how easy it is to modify a picnic that follows health guidelines.
Plan an outdoor movie night. Bring the movie theater to your backyard using the simple projector and
sheet combo. Prop up an old white sheet and attach it to a wall. With
a projector and an HDMI cable you can hook up to your laptop, project
onto the sheet any movie available for online streaming. Bundle up outside
with blankets, pillows and your favorite snacks. Or, stay in the safety
of your own car at a local
drive-up movie theater.
Though the present situation makes it challenging to get out and participate
in some once-loved activities, there is no shortage of alternative options
for summer fun. Just be smart and stay safe.