Advice for safe(r) summer get-togethers

June 20 marked the official start of summer. The warm weather and blue skies are calling us outdoors. And with many of us having sheltered in place over the past few months, we’re ready to enjoy some fun in the sun with friends and family.

However COVID-19 is still out there. In fact, some states and cities are seeing an uptick in cases as businesses reopen and people start socializing again. So it’s just as important as it’s ever been to take some common sense precautions if you choose to go out.

For starters, keep doing what you have been. Wear a face covering in public, practice social distancing and wash your hands often.

You should always follow the advice of your local health officials. They’re most informed about the needs of your particular community, and different places are in different phases of “reopening.” 

And take a look at these stories which can help you have some safe(r) fun this summer:

With social distancing and precautions, your 4th of July can be free of allergy and asthma symptoms at American College of Asthma, Allergy & Immunology

Ask An Epidemiologist: Is It Safe To Socialize In The Open Air? At Gothamist

How to weigh the risk of going out in the coronavirus pandemic, in one chart at Vox