Are classic summertime activities safe?

Megan Schiffres

by Megan Schiffres

As the COVID-19 virus pandemic extends into the summer months, families are wondering what classic seasonal activities are still available and safe to enjoy.

As of June 1, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has reported a total of 1,787,680 cases in the country, including 45,398 in Virginia. Last month, Gov. Ralph Northam issued an executive order requiring everyone over the age of 10 to wear a mask or face covering at all times in public settings. People at a higher risk of contracting a severe illness from COVID-19 including the elderly and people with serious underlying medical conditions are still encouraged to quarantine themselves.

“COVID-19 is thought to spread primarily from person-to-person, between people who are in close contact with one another, within about 6 feet, or through respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs or sneezes,” said professor of epidemiology at Virginia Commonwealth University Dr. Hua Zhao.

Although the Commonwealth has begun the process of reopening its economy and making some classic summer activities available for families again, the risk…

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