The impact COVID-19 has had on our daily lives has been staggering. Some businesses have had employees working from home or have had to close indefinitely, while restaurants have begun to offer to go or delivery options while dining-in is no longer an option. As Texas residents have been encouraged to avoid large gatherings, many have taken the opportunity to go outdoors; however, there are still many different factors at play when ensuring your safety outside during a global pandemic.
As some parks and walking trails continue to operate, major spikes in usage have led to concerns about overcrowding. Crowded areas, even when outside, make social distancing measures incredibly difficult to maintain. Because of this, city and state officials temporarily closed off access to certain parks, especially those with playgrounds.
Safety Measures When Outside During COVID-19
One of the most important things residents can do during this time is to follow the recommended guidelines detailed by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). With this in mind, there are several different ways Texans can ensure they are protected outdoors during the ongoing pandemic, including:
Continue social distancing
Going outside for a bit of fresh air and recreational activity is one of the only activities many are able to do right now, other than making necessary trips to the grocery store or pharmacy. As nice as it is to get a breath of fresh air and be around those in your local community, social distancing measures still need to be taken when outdoors.
Social distancing or physical distancing keeps space between people when outside of the home. In order to practice social distancing, one must keep a length of at least six feet between themselves and others, while also staying out of any crowded areas and avoiding mass gatherings.
Be cautious of others when running and cycling
Whether a veteran cyclist or someone that just picked up jogging as an activity during the lockdown, it is still possible to put others at risk of contracting COVID-19 when running or riding a bike outside. COVID-19 spreads through droplets in the air, primarily due to coughing, sneezing, and even just talking. These droplets can be expelled up to six feet away from a person’s body.
In order to mitigate the spread of any droplets, it is important that those running and cycling choose their routes ahead of time to avoid areas with heavy traffic. It is also incredibly important to be aware of any surfaces that may have been touched with others’ hands, such as benches and crosswalk buttons. Use your elbow rather than your hands as a much safer method when touching shared community surfaces like these.
Wear a mask
Many states and local governments across the nation have implemented measures that mandate or heavily encourage the use of facemasks. Although it’s easy to think being outside means it’s ok to forego wearing a mask, because COVID-19 is spread through droplets it is important to keep your face protected. While it is not mandated in Lubbock for residents to wear facemasks when out of the house, the CDC still recommends it.
Check official local guidelines
Just as information surrounding COVID-19 changes quite often, so do local guidelines regarding what one should or should not do during this time. Being aware of park closures or public areas closed off ahead of time helps keep residents informed of what’s going on in their area before they venture out.
It’s also a good idea to check what local health officials in the area are saying so you can take their recommendations into account. As things continue to change quickly, staying up-to-date on best practices and guidelines can help keep you and others safe.
Lubbock Pedestrian Safety Attorneys
While we all follow the ongoing health and safety news surrounding COVID-19, it’s important that pedestrians stay safe when heading outside. At Liggett Law Group, we have extensive experience successfully handling personal injury cases involving drivers and pedestrians alike. Contact us today for more information on how we can assist you during this uncertain time.