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September 14, 2020, at 9:00 a.m.

Right now, with many in-person social activities open with prevention precautions, people should follow guidelines aimed at lowering the potential for disease spread. 

While there is no way to ensure zero risk of infection, the suggestions in the Risk & Benefits Chart empower individuals to make the best decisions -- to weigh the health risks with the benefits to social, emotional, physical, economic needs.  The guidance and questions below relate to optional in-person activities but do not include work, education, or child care/camp options as that are often not optional.

When deciding whether to participate in an in-person social activity, consider:

  • Is COVID-19 spreading in the community? Check our data dashboard and before considering trips outside your community, consult CDC's travel considerations. 
  • What are the local orders in the community? Check Grand County’s Activity Specific Quick Reference Chart.
  • Do you or do people you live with have any heightened risk of serious illness? People with extra risks should aim to limit social interactions as much as they can and carefully weigh the benefits of the activities they choose to participate in.
  • How many people does the activity involve? The smaller the group size and the larger the space, the lower the risk. Being in a group with people who aren't distancing or wearing masks raises your risk. It is important to remember that some people may have the virus but not have symptoms.
  • Is the activity inside or outside? Can you keep 6-feet between yourself and others? Outdoor activities pose less risk than the same activity indoors. The closer you are to other people who may be infected, the greater your risk of getting sick. Keeping distance from other people is especially important for people at higher risk of severe illness. Six feet or more distance between non-household members is ideal.
  • How long does the activity take? Spending more time with people who may be infected increases your risk of becoming infected. Furthermore, the more time other people spend with you, the higher their risk of getting infected if by chance you are already infected but not symptomatic.
  • How will I get there? Public transit can put you in close contact with others and increase your risk. Traveling in cars with non-household members can also increase your risk.  If traveling in the car with non-household members, it is safest to wear masks and have the windows at least partially open for ventilation.
  • If I get sick with COVID-19, will I have to miss work or school? If you get sick, you will need to isolate, and if you are exposed, you'll need to quarantine. Isolation and quarantine orders last at least 10-14 days.
  • How valuable is this activity to you? If the proposed activity does not add significant value to your day but does add risk to your health and life, you may want to reconsider participating in that activity.

Stay home if you are sick. If you decide to participate in an in-person social activity, make it safer:

  • Remember the big three. Maintain physical distance (6-feet). Wash your hands frequently. Wear a face covering.
  • Take supplies. A mask or cloth face covering. Tissues. Hand sanitizer (with at least 60% alcohol). Disinfecting wipes, if possible.
  • Spend less time. For example, if heading to the store, bring a shopping list to be more efficient. If your hair is getting a bit long, get a haircut but wait on the shampoo or color.
  • Avoid unnecessary contact. For example, use curbside pick-up and drop off when available for purchases and services; pay over the phone when able; use less crowded spaces for outdoor activities.
  • Be flexible. Change your plans if a situation looks crowded or you feel uncomfortable about the risk.
  • Be assertive. Regardless of outside pressure, follow your own plan to maintain the risk level that fits your situation. Err on the side of lower risk to both yourself and others.
  • Do not touch.  Avoid touching things when you can, and clean your hands after touching commonly touched surfaces. Try not to touch your face until you wash your hands. Avoid sharing items with others.

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