How to Make the Most of a Social-Distancing Summer

A senior couple planting a garden, depicting a way to enjoy a social-distancing summerSummer’s officially begun, and many of us don’t want to let it go to waste, given the harshness of New England winters. But with the global pandemic putting a hitch in all our plans, it’s difficult to put a positive spin on this warm-weather season. However, although summer festivals, summer camps, and vacation plans have been canceled, there are still safe ways to have fun for you and your family. In this blog, we will discuss some of the ways to make the most of a social-distancing summer.

What Are Some Fun Social-Distancing Activities?

Fun doesn’t have to be limited to large gatherings and festivities. There are tons of ways to enjoy the weather while protecting your loved ones from COVID-19. Here’s a list of just a few activities you and your family can enjoy.

Take a Summer Staycation

The fewer people you surround yourself with, the lower your risk of contracting COVID-19. Therefore, the safest thing you can do is to turn your home into a mini-resort. Set up some tents in your backyard and camp with your children, build a blanket fort inside, or take your family on a virtual tour of a museum or exhibition. However, it’s always good to take general home safety precautions.

Experience Nature

It’s easy to observe social distancing by taking a hike, having a picnic at a park, or visiting a campground. If your family owns an RV or camper, you can experience a faraway change of scenery and escape to a pandemic-proof hangout.

Take Time for Yard Work and Renovation Projects

While this may not be a fun experience to some, there are those who enjoy remodeling their home and improving the aesthetic. Keep in mind, if you intend to perform any construction, it’s important to reach out to your independent agent, as certain renovation projects can affect your insurance.

Host a Small Gathering

Gatherings of 10 people are permitted. Hosting a small gathering does come with risks, according to’s reopening guidelines, but if you maintain your distance, it can be done safely. Nevertheless, it’s recommended you host an outdoor cocktail event with a bring-your-own-beverage rule and single-serving dishes.

Precautions to Consider Before Performing Activities

We’ve discussed the importance of abiding by social-distancing guidelines, but there are further precautions you should take to ensure all parties are safe.

  • Always Carry a Mask: Many places require you to wear a mask, but even if you’re around friends, it’s wise to wear a covering to prevent unintentional spread of the virus.
  • Stay Home if Sick: This is a given, but if you are feeling even the slightest bit ill, it’s best to self-isolate until you get tested. Check out Massachusetts’ COVID-19 Test Site Locator to find the testing site nearest you.
  • Wash Your Hands Regularly: Even if you’ve quarantined, COVID-19 can travel into your house on several surfaces – such as mail, packages, and to-go orders. Be sure to thoroughly wash your hands.
  • Keep Informed of Updates: The pandemic is far from over, and depending on health trends, the reopening process can be rolled back at any moment. Be aware of the news and any upsurge in cases.

While you are following these reminders, don’t forget to be mindful of the other risks that accompany summer activities. Read our article, Summer Safety Tips for Your Home and Beyond, to learn more.

To make the most of a social-distancing summer, it’s important to recognize the impact of the pandemic and take extra precautions. It’s also beneficial to learn about the insurance policies that can help protect your summer fun. TJ Woods Insurance has the experience to ensure your family and property is outfitted with the right homeowners insurance and liability protection. If you would like to know more about the ways you can remain protected this summer, contact us today.