Social Distancing Survival Guide

Social distancing may feel more normal to many of use introverts, but let’s face it, it’s a necessary evil to fight the spread of the coronavirus that’s up-ended our lives and economy. Until things get better, we hope these resources, ideas, and bits of inspiration will help you not only survive but thrive. 

Social Distancing in the Great Outdoors 

If you’re going to go outside while coronavirus restrictions remain in place—whether it’s a neighborhood street, sidewalk, park, or trail near your home with the people you live with (not friends or extended family members)—give everyone you encounter at least 6 feet of space to help fight the spread of this virus and consider wearing a protective face mask. If you have to stop and step off the trail or get off your bike to make that happen, do it. Wider pathways will be safer and easier to travel than narrow singletrack, especially if there are lots of other people out there. If the trail or park you planned to walk or ride looks too crowded when you get there, go somewhere else to avoid putting yourself and others at risk and threatening more public lands closures. If you absolutely must drive to get outside and recreate, don’t carpool or go with anyone you don’t live with and already share the same personal breathing and living space. And finally, don’t go outside of your own home or yard if you’re sick, even if you think it’s just a cold or allergies.  

Survival Guide Content

Family groups staying at least 6 feet apart on the Centennial Trail. // Photo by Shallan Knowles

The contents of this guide were published as a special feature section in our April 2020 issue.

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