I don’t know about you all, I miss my friends and family. If there is one thing I have learned from this pandemic is that I’m not actually an introvert. I have been craving having friends over for a cookout, seeing my kids play with their friends and hugging my family members.
As the quarantine is ending and we are going through the phases of reopening we are starting to reevaluate our social situation this summer. What activities are safe? What activities should we avoid? Who are the people we could safely get together with? And who do we need to keep our distance from?
Here are some of the factors that are going into helping me make these decisions for my family. I want us to have a cautiously safe and fun summer.
Choose Our Friends Wisely
As I have slowly but surely allowed my kids to get together with a friend or two I have picked these friends very cautiously. I have reached out to friends who I have seen be just as cautious, if not more cautious than me during this quarantine. These friends basically have to meet the following criteria:
- Have been in quarantine since spring break.
- Only leave for necessities like groceries.
- Always wear a mask when out in public.
- Avoids taking their kids out in public.
- Follows social distancing while out in public.
- Has been taking this pandemic serious and still believes it could be a threat.
I hate to say it, but I will not hang out with anyone in a social situation who has not been taking this pandemic seriously. I just won’t take any chances.
Choose Outdoor Activities
We have not been together with any families socially yet outside of walks around the neighborhood with our neighbors. When we do get together for social gatherings we will only do things outdoors. If we invite friends over, it will be for a cookout or bonfire in our massive back yard. If we go out to a restaurant or bar it will only be if we can eat outside away from people on a patio. We are going to limit indoor activities until cases have drastically started to show a consistent decrease.
I can already tell this one is going to be a tough pill to swallow for our kids. But for the time being I’m not allowing sleepovers. The longer you spend with someone indoors, the higher the risk. Some parents may disagree with me on this one. It’s just a personal choice I am making right now. Playdate outside, yes. Sleepovers, not so much.
This is going to be a strange summer and we are going to make the best of this situation. I want to be social and I want my kids to be social, but I still want to be very careful since I don’t think we are anywhere near the end of this pandemic.
How are you all handling socializing this summer? Business as usual? Or are you taking extra precautions?
These are the basic rules we’ve been following at our house. Our circle is very small and mostly family. I saw my granddaughter yesterday for the first time since the end of January.
This are all wonderful ideas to implement thank you
Great tips! We should learn to live this new normal way!
Great I have been following these tips already! So glad you shared for those who might not!
I agree with your tips. Great read. Thanks for sharing! 🙂
these are all great tips. quarantine will be lifted starting on Monday next week. it’s good to really observe some rules and practice self-discipline…
I genuinely agree with you. making wise choices to keep yourself and others safe is utmost of importance
Even after quarantine, it’s definitely our responsibility to make sure that we are not transferring the virus to other people. I won’t be going out soon and thank goodness I’m working from home.
I don7t really hang out with friends right now. And every time I go out, I am a good distance from other people.
All this covid stuff is driving everyone nuts! I have been working from home for years now, so the lockdown never really affected me, but I can see how some people are really affected by it.
Thanks for posting this!
It is so sad that we can socialise and can’t meet up with friends as before. I like your approach to social distancing, I haven’t even thought about how to socialise with friends once the lockdown is over, I just assume that everyone will be sensible, but let’s be honest… that’s probably not going to happen
Unfortunately it’s kind of been like the wild west where I am. There are a lot of people who are being very irresponsible and just acting like this pandemic is either fake or never happened. That’s why I am still doing my best to be extra cautious.
This has indeed been a rough time for the world at large but with a little thoughtfulness in some ways it has opened up meaningful communication!
Thanks for the tips! This will surely help.
I was social distancing before we were told to. I will continue social distancing after. LOL
This is such a relevant topic for these days. We definitely need to start making better choices.
Hi it’s Brenda from RubyHemMinistries.com We’ve been following these basic rules except for the fact I can’t wear a mask. With PTSD it gives me an immediate panic attack but I do pay very close attention to social distancing. My daughter and I just went back into lockdown as of today just to see what will transpire as everything around us is now open again.
We have been following the basic rules imposed by the government and also the common sense rules. We have just started going out again and meeting friends. It’s wonderful.
It’s really hard, this “deferring of life,” but I think most of us are doing our best. Like everything, no one is perfect. Occasionally you misplace your mask, life gets in the way, etc.
These are great tips for everyone to follow. I hate that these are things we even have to think about but it’s very important right now. Thanks for sharing!
These are the rules we have been following as well. My daughter is too young for sleepovers with friends, but with the exception of a few close family members houses, she has not been in any indoor space with others.
I must say…gone are my days of really socialising! I’m quite happy in my little bubble now, lol. But life definitely has changed and we’re all going to have to get used to the “new normal”…
This is exactly what we have been doing. And we have had one friend over on our patio, who has been careful about social distancing. It is good to have tips to stay as safe as possible.
This is a really nice post with some great ideas for safely social distancing. A practice that will have to continue for a bit for sure! Thanks for sharing