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COVID-19: Summertime Activities

Social circles and gatherings

Keep in mind the current recommendations on social circles and gatherings when it comes to summertime activities. Find more information on both on our Your Health page.

Outdoor play areas

Playgrounds and play structures, parks and open spaces, beaches, splashpads, and sporting fields (e.g., soccer, baseball, basketball courts, tennis courts) in our area are open for the public keeping in line with group-size limitations. Washroom facilities may be limited. To safely use these areas, it’s recommended that you maintain physical distancing and wear a non-medical mask or face covering when physical distancing cannot be maintained, and use hand sanitizer frequently or wash your hands if possible.

Going to the cottage and camping

We are encouraging people to stay home as much as possible. Those who choose to head out camping or to their cottage are encouraged to go only with members of their household, bring food and supplies from home, remain in the PHU area if possible, maintain physical distancing, avoid visiting other cottages or hosting group events, return home if they start to feel unwell and to be safe while out. Also note that some campgrounds (such as provincial parks and conservation parks) are not allowing overnight camping so that might be something to consider as well.

Together, we want to limit the potential impact on Emergency Management Services (EMS) and the hospital emergency rooms. Attending an emergency outside city or town limits, can leave the community without services and put them at risk. The potential increased risk of injuries when camping can overwhelm hospital ERs.

Fishing and hunting

For the same reasons above, fishing and hunting can bring risks that requires emergency services. At this time, the Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry has not made any decisions to restrict, delay or cancel provincial fishing and hunting seasons, or restrict access to Crown land. However, some municipalities and Conservation Authorities have already restricted access to their lands and boat launches and some retailers that usually offer fishing and hunting licences are currently closed.

Yard sales

It’s yard sale season! While searching for a unique item might seem harmless, picking-up a COVID-19 infection is not. At all times, everyone should be taking measures to prevent the spread of COVID-19. If you or anyone in your home are feeling ill (even if symptoms are mild), do not host or go to a yard sale.

What are the precautions if I’m hosting a yard sale?

  • Host the event outdoors and not in your garage.
  • Position tables as far apart as possible to allow for physical distancing. Maintain a 2-metre distance between people.
  • Identify a specific traffic flow so that customers are moving in one direction by posting signs or taping arrows.
  • Maintain a 2-metre distance between people.
  • Disinfect frequently touched surfaces often.
  • Wearing a face covering is recommended.
  • Have hand sanitizer available.
  • Wash your hands before and after handling money.

What are the precautions if I attend yard sales?

  • Maintain a 2-metre distance between others.
  • Wearing a face covering is recommended.
  • Carry hand sanitizer.
  • Wash your hands before and after handling money.
  • Limit the handling of items as much as possible.
  • Ensure you disinfect any item you purchased.
  • Avoid buying items that are difficult to clean.
  • Limit the number of places you visit in one trip and stay local.

Farmers' markets

This a great time like any other to support our local farmers and shop local, but keep the public health measures in mind to make it safe for everyone. Be aware that it will look differently than in the past. There will be no communal tables or seating. When attending a farmers’ market remember:

  • Social interaction must be limited. Keep interactions short and quick.
  • Maintain physical distancing of 2 metres from others and wear a face covering if that is not possible.
  • Avoid touching food you will not be purchasing. Vendors will hand you your items.
  • Do not sample any food.
  • Wash your hands regularly or use hand sanitizer.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth.
  • Cover your mouth and nose with your elbow or a tissue if coughing or sneezing.
  • Do not attend the market if unwell.

Physical activity during COVID-19

Canadians are being asked to stay close to home and practice physical distancing to decrease the spread of COVID-19 in their communities. We know these new restrictions have the potential to impact the physical and mental wellbeing of residents. It is more important than ever to engage in a healthy lifestyle, which includes increasing physical activity, limiting sedentary time, getting a good night’s sleep and eating well. 

Certain people are at a higher risk for severe complications from COVID-19. Before making plans, you need to decide for yourself if your risk is worth the reward.

Ask yourself:

  • Am I at higher risk because of my age?
  • Am I at higher risk because of my medical conditions?
  • Will I be able to maintain physical distancing?
  • Do I have a face covering and hand sanitizer available?

The best and most caring thing you can do to help keep your loved ones and friends safe is to do what you can to stop the spread. It is a shared responsibility; we all play a role!

Follow the instructions for your situation below:

  Can I get fresh air on my private property (backyard, balcony, porch/deck)? Can I go for a bike ride, walk, run, etc., off my private property?
Individuals who have returned from travel outside of Canada Yes No
Individuals with symptoms of COVID-19 even if they are mild Yes No
Individuals who are a close contact of a confirmed/suspected case of COVID-19 Yes No
All persons over 70 years of age Yes You are considered high risk for getting sick from COVID-19. We recommend that you stay home.
Individuals who are immunocompromised (or underlying medical conditions) Yes You are considered high risk for getting sick from COVID-19. We recommend that you stay home.
All other Cochrane district residents Yes Yes, but only if you can keep 2 metres from others and have NO symptoms of COVID-19.

Active Indoors

  • Consider taking micro breaks. Take small physical activity breaks with your partner, roommate, or kids. Daily physical activity recommendations (for adults or children and youth) do not have to be met at a single time.
  • Create a workout space at home, get into your usual workout gear and break a sweat. Find free workouts online, subscribe to a membership, or find your local gym instructors who may be offering something online during this time.
  • Physical isolation does not mean you cannot have social connection. A lot of people are starting to do boot camp together over any number of video chat interfaces such as FaceTime, Instagram, Zoom, and WhatsApp.

Active Outdoors

Unless you are told to self-isolate, practicing physical distancing can still include going outdoors, and being active outdoors. Our neighbourhood sidewalks, streets, and multiuse paths can be your best options for getting outside and getting moving. Below are some important steps to follow before heading out:

  • Wash your hands before going out and after you return home.
  • Step-aside or pass others quickly and courteously on sidewalks.
  • Keep a 2-metre distance from others.
  • Change your route or the time of day that you go out

Here are some age-based activity ideas:

For infants, under 1 year of age

  • Spend regular time doing floor-based play with your baby in a prone position (tummy time) and spread this throughout the day while baby is awake.

For children, under 5 years of age

  • Active play in and around the home – invent games which involve being active and can develop skills in throwing, catching, kicking, as well as developing posture and balance.
  • Active play and games where children get out of breath, such as running around, skipping and jumping.
  • Have a dance party! Take turns showing off your best dance moves. 

For children, and adolescents aged 5-17 years

  • Active games and active play with family. For example, hide and seek or obstacle courses.
  • Join an online active games or activity classes, also look for online physical education classes as well as exercise routines suitable for adolescents (see below for some ideas).
  • Set up playground games indoors such as jump rope and hop-scotch – make up new games and challenges that involve being active.
  • Spring is here. Yard work and gardening are great ways to be active and enjoy some time together as a family.
  • Learn a new skill – for example try to learn to juggle.
  • Encourage strength training activities such as lifting weights or use improvised weight such as filled water bottles, soup cans, etc. 

For adults

  • Use household chores as a way to be more physical activity.
  • Summer is here. Yard work and gardening are great ways to be active and get some fresh air.
  • Check out your local gym or look on YouTube, Instagram and various websites that have free Pilates, yoga, bootcamp, and other activity-based classes.
  • Make up your own routine that uses the major muscle groups and raises your heart rate. Make a special workout playlist and use it to motivate you.
  • Do some muscle strengthening activities such as lifting weights. Improvise using full water bottles, soup cans, laundry detergent, etc. or simply use your own body weight and do sets of push ups, sit ups and squats.