Information You Need: Staying Social While Staying Distant

After months of staying home and physically distancing, feeling restless and missing your usual social activities is understandable. Staying home is the most effective way of reducing the spread of COVID-19; however, physical distancing can make it more difficult to stay socially connected. The safest way to stay in contact with friends and family is to communicate via:

  • Phone calls
  • Texting
  • Facetime, Skype, Zoom, or other video conferencing platform
  • Social media platforms (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, etc.)
  • Online gaming websites or platforms


If you intend on socializing in person, here are some ideas to reduce your risk of COVID-19:

 STAY HOME IF YOU ARE FEELING ILL
Avoid any social gathering if you, or anyone in your group is feeling ill or experiencing COVID-19 symptoms. This includes people in your household being ill as asymptomatic and pre-symptomatic transmission occur regularly. You may be infected and not know it. If someone in your household was diagnosed with COVID-19, then stay home to protect others as much as possible, and wear a face covering and distance for any essential activities. 

✓  OPT FOR PHYSICALLY-DISTANCED, OUTDOOR ACTIVITIES SUCH AS…
Outdoor movie / drive-up movie (with a sheet and projector, or bringing your TV or tablet outdoors)

Outdoor, take-out dinner

Socializing in a park, frontyard, or backyard

Going for a walk

Exercising outdoors

Socializing in separate cars by parking 6 feet away from one another and opening your windows.

Temperatures in certain areas around Arizona are very high, so remember to prepare accordingly: plan your activities after the sun goes down (if possible), bring plenty of water, and always wear sun protection. When applicable, use swamp coolers, fans, or misters to make outdoor get-togethers more comfortable.

✓ MAINTAIN PHYSICAL DISTANCING AND AVOID CROWDED AREAS
Make sure that everyone stays at least 6 feet apart from one another. You can space chairs or towels out by 6 feet. 

Avoid crowded public areas.

✓ WEAR A CLOTH FACE COVERING
If physical distancing is not always possible, wear a cloth face covering even if you feel healthy!

✓ DO NOT SHARE FOOD OR DRINKS
It is best to: bring your own food and drink items, have individually pre-packaged food and drinks, or get takeout from a restaurant. 

✓ KEEP YOUR GROUP SIZE TO A MINIMUM 
Keep your gathering under 10 people–the smaller the better.
If you must be indoors for your visit, remember to:
Wear a cloth face covering at all times

Stay a minimum of 6 feet apart

Ensure that the room or area has proper ventilation (working swamp cooler or AC unit, fans, and/or open windows)

Keep your indoor visits brief to reduce the risk of exposure

View the risk of COVID-19 for these different activities:

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