Wondering how to keep your children safe while enjoying summer activities like visiting a park? The novel coronavirus hasn’t been magically eradicated. It’s still around. We should all take precautions to stay well. You may be wondering, is it safe to take your children to a state park?
Public parks in Ohio reopened several weeks ago. But that doesn’t mean you should throw caution to the wind.
Public health experts agree that you and your children should:
- Stay home if you’re feeling sick.
- Wear a face covering when in close proximity to others.
- Maintain social distancing – keep at least 6 feet away from others.
- Refrain from touching your face.
- Sanitize or wash your hands both before and after your visit. Restrooms at some facilities remain closed to the public, so don’t count on being able to use public restrooms. Bring hand sanitizer.
A note about common surfaces
In recent days, public health experts have found the virus doesn’t survive on surfaces as long as previously thought. Therefore, the risk of transmission from surfaces is low. That’s good news for parents whose young children naturally want to touch everything. However, to be safe, consider traveling with disinfectant wipes, you can use them to wipe down any shared surfaces. And do sanitize your hands as often as possible.
Remember traditional precautions, too
As the state allows more activities throughout the Cuyahoga, Summit, Portage, and Geauga-County area, parents need to remember more outdoor play means more potential injuries to their children’s feet and ankles. Dr. Craig B. Frey and Dr. Megan L. Oltmann, the expert podiatrists at Foot & Ankle Associates of Cleveland, remind you that your child’s lower limbs are particularly vulnerable to sports injuries like sprains and fractures. Make sure their sports equipment is up-to-date. Monitor their behavior to make sure they’re playing safely. And finally, provide kids with the proper shoes to protect their feet all summer long.