As we count down the days until you can hug your friends, throw a party, and get on a plane, just remember that even as some restrictions loosen, there's still a lot we don't know about the long-term behavior of this particular strain of coronavirus.
As shopping centers and non-essential businesses begin to open, look for more coronavirus deceleration policies do not take effect, not less. This means social distancing, and both employees and customers wear masks or other face masks. There may also be many other rules, depending on where you live and what you do.
Expect more sanitary stations with hand sanitizer and gloves, and less personal experience wherever you go, such as entering a house if your temperature is too high, or ordering on counters with plexiglass partitions between them. Expect some purchases and communication to not return to normal for some time.
Before you go to the restaurant, read the restaurant's security rules. Employees should wear fabric face coverings, regularly disinfect high-touch surfaces, and practice social distancing. The restaurants will not offer salad bars, buffets, and refill stations where people must use regular dishes or dispensers. If you need to wait in line for service, keep at least 6 feet (2 meters) away from others.
When ordering a takeaway, try paying online or over the phone to limit contact with others. If food is delivered to you, ask that you leave it outside the house in a safe place, such as on the porch or in the lobby of a building. Otherwise, keep at least 6 feet (2 meters) away from the deliverer. If you pick up food at a restaurant, keep a distance between people while waiting in the reception area. After you bring food home, wash your hands, or use hand sanitizer.
When making an appointment, ask about security measures. You may be required to go to your appointment alone and wait in the car or on the street until the appointment begins.
The salons are required to limit the number of people in the facility at the same time. They also regularly sanitize work stations and equipment between customers. All magazines, newspapers, service menus, and unnecessary décor should be remove from customer service areas.
Before you set out, check with state and local authorities whether parks, recreation areas, natural reservoirs, beaches, and swimming areas are open. The national park service decides whether to open a national park. If the area is open, check whether the bathrooms and food stalls are open.
Select the Park that is located next to the house. Travel often includes stops that may expose you to COVID-19. Keep space between yourself and others when using pools.
While in the park, look for open areas, trails, and paths that allow you to stay 6 feet (2 meters) away from others. Avoid crowded places.
Gyms and fitness centers are part of the early opening phase in some places, but think before you take a water bottle and lace up your shoes. You will have to decide whether you think it is possible to return so soon. Closed areas where people inhale the same recirculating air for a long time pose a particular risk, and this is what gyms are like.
Even if you disinfect the same shared equipment between uses, gyms are ready to exchange germs. Severely limiting the number of people in the gym at a time - and how long they can work out - is one approach. Requiring gym goers to work out with a face mask or something like a face mask is another thing that can make it difficult to breathe during intense workouts. It will be important to assess your personal risk and the risk to others.
Before you go to the gym, call to see if this limits the number of participants at the same time. You may need to reserve a block of time in advance when the staff will clean the room between the blocks. Ask about cleaning and disinfection rules, and whether you can use the changing room or bathroom. If you are interested in group exercises, ask if they are offered.
As the business continues to open, the guidelines may change. Up to date. Also, don't be afraid to ask questions. If you are not sure about the security of your business, postpone your visit. Protecting your health is worth it.