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Participate in Outdoor and Indoor Activities

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

Exercise

Girl walking her dog in a park. Boy running in the park.

Safer

Outdoor Activities
  • 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

Less Safe

Indoor Activities
  • Exercise at a fitness center
  • Walk around the mall during off hours
  • Attend a class at a yoga studio
  • Swim at your local pool

Restaurants

Restaurant worker handing food to a woman who is in her car at curbside delivery.

Safer

Outdoor Activities
  • Pick up curbside meals
  • Get food delivered
  • Eat outside at a restaurant where the tables are at least 6 feet apart

Less Safe

Indoor Activities
  • Eat inside at a restaurant

Visiting or hosting people who don’t live with you

Outdoor activities

Safer

Outdoor Activities
  • Have a picnic at a park
  • Play kickball in a friend’s backyard
  • Roast marshmallows by a firepit
  • Have an outdoor barbeque

Less Safe

Indoor Activities
  • Watch movies
  • Play games
  • Chat with your friends

Entertainment

People in cars listening to an outdoor concert.

Safer

Outdoor Activities
  • Go to a drive-in
  • Listen to an outdoor concert from your car
  • Create your own outdoor movie party

Less Safe

Indoor Activities
  • Watch a movie at a theater
  • Watch a musical performance
  • Watch a play
Things you can do to be safer