Courtesy of the red, white, and blue. With the federal holiday approaching, are you wondering what your public options are when COVID-19 guidelines are in place? Watching a spectacular firework show 6-feet apart with a mask on may not be the opportune plan, but enjoy it anyway. Not what you would envision and certainly not attractive if you’re wanting to enjoy an evening with your spouse. However, it’s important that you follow your state and local guidelines if you plan on enjoying the holiday. When in doubt, bring a mask on your adventures. You can still enjoy Independence Day during COVID-19.
Noggin Nugget: Check with your state and local agencies before traveling so that you are not caught off-guard. Here’s a list of state-by-state guidelines and what to expect. Note: The list does not include guidance at local level.
The traditional vision of 4th of July is not going to be like it used to be, but don’t let COVID-19 take away from your memorable moments and a good-time.
What to Expect in Restaurants During Independence Day 2020
All restaurant employees are required to wear a face-mask, so you can expect to see all restaurant staff covered. Capacity limits and social distancing will make it difficult to dine-in. Call-ahead and reservations are mandatory at restaurants across the country. You likely won’t be able to get right in and will not be able to hangout in a line. An inconvenience, but one that is aiming to keep everyone healthy.
Have a positive mindset during COVID-19 that restaurant operations are going to be different, but okay. Be open to some of the new ways so that you can enjoy Independence Day during COVID-19. You owe it to yourself to live your life and enjoy every holiday no matter what is going on in the world.
Wash Your Hands Often and Avoid Heavily Populated Areas and Events
Masks are only doing so much. In fact, they are useless if you happen to sneeze or cough into your hands and then go shopping or to a party of more than 150 people. Hand hygiene lost its general call-to-action button when masks became the new debate. However, washing your hands properly and often is a great way to calm yourself and slow and potentially stop the spread of this nasty virus.
Common Sense During COVID-19
If choosing to travel, carry germ-x on you and if possible, disposable gloves that you can toss in a trash-can when done pumping gas. Use common sense. While traveling, take a mask to avoid being thrown out of every public establishment. Carry germ-x and use whenever you’ve touched public objects, and wash your hands. It goes without saying that as the economy opens back up, public areas are too. As restaurants start opening up, still practice these safety precautions and measures. Doing so will not only allow you to have a peace-of-mind, but you will be able to enjoy being in a place that isn’t your home.
Remember to Create Positive and Healthy Memories
Last but certainly not least, don’t forget to create amazing memories. During this pandemic, there’s this dark cloud over a lot of people. Be the light. Try to not let the pandemic take precedent over creating memories that will last a lifetime. Live your life. Be open to and mindful of practicing necessary health measures to keep yourself and those around you safe. Use common sense. Remember that businesses are doing what they can to provide top-notch service to stay afloat. As frustrating and uncomfortable as it may be to wear a mask around-town, know that it’s probably for the better. Plus, picnics are making a solid comeback. Get outside this weekend. Just because fireworks aren’t going off, ignite your own sky-show by creating positive and healthy memories, COVID-19 aside.
It’s liberating to know that you have the power to create your own memories and enjoy Independence Day during COVID-19. This is America! Remember why we are here, folks!
This land is your land. This land is my land.