Participate in Outdoor and Indoor Activities
If you want to spend time with people who don’t live with you, outdoors is the safer choice! You are less likely to be exposed to COVID-19 during outdoor activities, even without the use of masks.
Why Outside is a Safer Choice
COVID-19 spreads more easily indoors than outdoors. Studies show that people are more likely to be exposed to COVID-19 when they are closer than 6 feet apart from others for longer periods of time.
You are more likely to be exposed to COVID-19 when you
- Attend crowded, poorly ventilated indoor events
- Have close contact with infected people at home
You are less likely to be exposed to COVID-19 when you
- Attend outdoor activities
- Stay at least 6 feet apart
- Limit the amount of time spent with people who don’t live with you
Outdoor and Indoor Activities
Safer – Outdoor Activities
- Outside, at least 6 feet apart
- If you can’t stay at least 6 feet apart from people who don’t live with you, wear your mask.
Less Safe – Indoor Activities
- Inside, at least 6 feet apart
- Well ventilated room
- Wearing mask
- Run, walk, or bike at your neighborhood park
- Hike on local trails
- Take your dog for a walk around the neighborhood
- Participate in an outdoor yoga class
- Work in the garden
- Exercise at a fitness center
- Walk around the mall during off hours
- Attend a class at a yoga studio
- Swim at your local pool
- Pick up curbside meals
- Get food delivered
- Eat outside at a restaurant where the tables are at least 6 feet apart
- Eat inside at a restaurant
Visiting or hosting people who don’t live with you
- Have a picnic at a park
- Play kickball in a friend’s backyard
- Roast marshmallows by a firepit
- Have an outdoor barbeque
- Watch movies
- Play games
- Chat with your friends
- Go to a drive-in
- Listen to an outdoor concert from your car
- Create your own outdoor movie party
- Watch a movie at a theater
- Watch a musical performance
- Watch a play
- Wear a mask consistently and correctly over your nose and mouth
- If you are not fully vaccinated and aged 2 or older, you should wear a mask in indoor public places.
- If you are fully vaccinated, to maximize protection from the Delta variant and prevent possibly spreading it to others, wear a mask indoors in public if you are in an area of substantial or high transmission.
- In general, you do not need to wear a mask in outdoor settings. In areas with high numbers of COVID-19 cases, consider wearing a mask in crowded outdoor settings and for activities with close contact with others who are not fully vaccinated.
- People who have a condition or are taking medications that weaken their immune system may not be fully protected even if they are fully vaccinated. They should continue to take all precautions recommended for unvaccinated people, including wearing a well-fitted mask until advised otherwise by their healthcare provider.
- Stay at least 6 feet apart from people who don’t live with you
- Avoid crowds and places that are poorly ventilated or crowded
- Wash your hands