Social Distancing the Right Way

These days, when life isn’t a walk in the park, there are still many ways to make the best of the situation while honoring Governor Cuomo’s call for social distancing. The days are getting longer, warmer and sunnier. And your kids (and you!) really want to spend more time outside.

The good news is, there are still ways you and your kids can spend time outdoors safely, while practicing social distancing.  

Here are some helpful do’s and don’ts:

  • Wear a helmet: If your child can safely join in activities like riding a bike, roller skating or skateboarding, remember that wearing a helmet is key! Kids whose parents wear helmets are more likely to wear helmets themselves, so make sure everyone in your family sets a good example.
  • Keep your distance: While outdoors, keep a distance of at least 6 feet with anyone outside of your household. If an area is full of people, chose another location.
  • Keep doing the activities you know how to do: Now is not the time to teach your child to ride a two-wheeler for the first time or help them learn to roller skate or master Social Distancinga skateboard. You want to minimize risk of injury.
  • Not sharing IS caring: Do not share equipment like bikes, helmets or balls.
  • Do not touch. Avoid frequently touched surfaces like playground equipment
  • Wash hands frequently and use hand sanitizer. Wash to the tune of the “Happy Birthday” song twice to make sure you do a thorough job. When soap and water are not available, use hand sanitizer.
  • Keep disinfecting wipes handy. They are great for wiping down any equipment or surfaces that you and/or your family members come in contact with.
  • Keep your hands off your face. Remind everyone to avoid touching their eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Apply sunscreen. Remember to make sure all of your family members apply sunscreen before going outdoors.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze. Use a tissue, then throw it away and wash your hands.