The winter season is finally here. However, the pandemic has made having fun complicated. With the virus being transmitted from person to person, being in crowded places is a recipe for serious trouble.
However, if you are looking for some winter activities to do with your family in December, all is not lost. There are still outdoor activities that you can do. Of course, you have to take safety precautions to reduce your risks of contracting the virus.
Indoor celebrations and gatherings are out, along with the usual year-end parties with your relatives and friends coming over.
It Will Not Be Your Usual Winter Holiday
The COVID-19 pandemic has changed the world and life as people know it. Parties will never be the same again. Concerts became virtual. Schools are no longer completely safe, and so some parents chose remote learning for their beloved children. Shopping centres stopped being a place to relieve stress. Cinemas closed, and restaurants operated at less capacity.
The work environment also changed for most. Some worked from the safety of their homes, while some worked in reduced hours.
With all these changes and more, your winter holiday this year will not be the same. You have to observe safe physical distancing and wear a face mask at all times. Meeting your college friends will probably have to wait until the situation is much more stable. Your health and safety, and that of your family’s, should be the priority.
If you are planning a winter holiday trip depending on your restrictions, choose the nearest possible destination. Staying within your locality reduces your risk of contracting the virus. If you are going to a place near you, avoid staying overnight in a hotel.
You should plan everything and avoid spontaneity. A quick stopover at a convenience store may seem harmless, but it increases your possible exposure and your risk. Have everything you need before you set out, from food, water, face masks to your mittens and ski jacket.
You should also avoid inviting relatives and friends from another household. Going on a trip with the people in your household reduces your risk since you are with people that you are already exposed to from the start.
It is also important to stay updated with the news. If the infection rates are high, postpone your trip. If one of you feels under the weather, better reschedule to another time. If you are travelling, it’s worth getting tested first to make it safer for you and everyone else.
Safe Winter Activities For You
When planning for your winter holiday, choose outdoor activities and sufficient space between you and other people. Outdoor activities have a lower risk of spreading the virus compared to indoor activities. Respiratory droplets in the air spread the virus, which can be released through talking, sneezing, and coughing. This makes indoor spaces with poor ventilation risky and unsafe.
With that said, here are some low-risk winter activities that you can do.
Skiing requires people to stay away from each other. It is generally considered to be a low-risk and low-transmission activity by experts. If you have your own skiing gear, bring them to avoid lining up in *ski rental shops. It will also be better to rent in advance so you can pick up your gear.
- Ice Skating
Choose an outdoor skating rink, but still be mindful of safety precautions. Skating allows for exercise and some socialization while allowing for safe physical distancing. Choose outdoor rinks that are not crowded, and do not forget to wear a face mask.
If you’re lucky enough to have snow, you can visit the local *sledging hills. But if it is too crowded, you can do it in your own garden. You can build mini hills for your kids to play with safely.
- Winter Camping
Camping has always been considered a low-risk activity amidst the pandemic. Winter camping might have challenges, but doing your research is the key. Choosing a camping destination close to home can help reduce your exposure to COVID risks. Invest in an excellent *all-weather tent like this one.
Whatever activity you choose, make sure to take safety precautions. Wear your face mask, wash your hands, and avoid crowds wherever you go.