I am often asked about walking in NYC. The virus has kept many of us homebound and we all have the urge to get out but how to that in the safest way possible? I must confess that before writing this, I never looked at the written CDC guidelines; I mostly relied on information from TV shows and newspapers.
During my walks I generally stay outside and I keep moving. I figure the less time I am around the same people the better my chances of surviving exposure. So here is my condensed version of what to know about coming into the city. It is not complete but a start in living through our “new normal”. ( Guideline) link below)
- Stay home if sick.
- Best way to come into the city…
Walking won’t work, driving in might work, public transportation is risky but possible -mask, distance and stay away from commuting times might work. Other than that, I have no idea!
- Wear masks in public settings and especially when other social distancing measures are difficult to maintain.
- Use social distancing (stay at least 6 feet away from others).
- Washing your hands with soap and water may be difficult to do so bring with you hand sanitizer and disinfectant wipes – use either or both often.
- Be aware of where you are going, look ahead, and avoid walking through heavily populated groups.
- Also, be mindful when waiting at crosswalks and try to stay either behind the crowd or near the outside of the crush.
Eating – when our kids were younger we would pack a lunch and find a secluded spot (they do exist) or a park to eat in … your call!
- Before you go into a restaurant (remember no inside dining), look to see if all staff are wearing masks and that they are cleaning tables between guests. Are the tables 6 feet apart? [Only takes a minute to stand outside and observe]
- Take precautions – like wearing a mask as much as possible when not eating and maintaining a proper social distance if you are dining with others who don’t live with you.
- When possible, choose food and drink options that are not self-serve [Salad bars] to limit the use of shared serving utensils, handles, buttons, or touchscreens.
- Use those wipes for your credit card when card is returned after every use.
- Wash or sanitize your hands when entering and exiting the restaurant [In fact any place you are going into].
- Before using the restroom, make sure you have sanitizer with you, there might not be adequate soap, paper towels or hand sanitizer. Ladies bring tissues as often there are none in public bathrooms.
There are a lot of outside activities that can be enjoyed as well as safe-in-door events. Most stores require social distancing and/or have restrictions on number of people allowed in the store.
I imagine that these precautions would apply to any city so be careful…be safe… be informed.
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