It’s summer in the city -- a beautiful time of year to enjoy New York. However, 2020 presents a few more challenges when it comes to planning outings. There are several factors to consider if you’ll be spending time outdoors to help maximize the safety of yourself and others. 

 

The Center for Disease Control and Prevention is an excellent resource to help inform and plan your activities. And while strict self-isolation is the safest step, there are other precautions to be utilized if you choose to leave home. Take a look at the CDC website, and ask yourself their advised questions before deciding to venture out. 

 

A few things to think about:
  • Consider where the event will take place -- is it outdoors or indoors? Outdoor activities in open-air spaces reduce risk much more than indoor events, particularly when there isn’t adequate ventilation. 
  • You’ll also want to know how many people are gathering. While we understand wanting to see your friends and family, large groups can greatly increase the likelihood of COVID-19 spreading. Keep meetings small, and use protective face coverings as well. 
  • And know how long you’ll be out as well. Longer exposure increases risk, so think about the amount of time spent in any public area.
 

Don’t forget -- always wear a mask in public and practice social distancing of at least 6 feet to help your community stay as healthy as possible. While nothing is perfect, New York has some excellent safe(er) options to enjoy the summer season this year. We’ve included a few here. 



The Beach

We’ve always been advised to practice safe-sun when visiting the beach, now it is time to practice safe-distancing! Soaking up the rays and taking in the great ocean view is an amazing way to spend your summer. So load up the spf, grab your sunhat, put on that facemask, and set your beach towel 6 feet apart from neighbors. 



The Park

Central Park is one of the most well-known spots in the world, and as New Yorkers, we’re lucky enough to have it in our backyard. So if you want to see your friends, a safer way to spend time together is BYOP--- Bring Your Own Picnic! You can each set up separate spreads on socially-distanced blankets, and swap quarantine stories from the past few months.



Private Outdoor Space

If you’re lucky enough to have private outdoor space (like many Stonehenge apartments) that’s an excellent way to bask in the summertime glow while ensuring flawless social distancing. Grab a glass of wine and FaceTime your friends from the comfort of your own terrace. Cheers!