Tips for a safe Labor Day weekend

Labor Day weekend is often considered the unofficial end of summer. Usually, it's a time for getting together with friends and family and celebrating before the crisp autumn air blows in. This year, everyone's Labor Day plans are going to look a bit different in order to keep our circle healthy and safe.

A red grill on a grassy lawnView print quality image
Get some tips to celebrate the holiday weekend safely. Photo by Getty Images

So what can you safely do over the holiday weekend? Check out these tips and ideas:

Stay close to home

  • Don't plan a long trip; stay close to home to minimize risk.
  • Don't travel or visit with others if you're feeling ill.
  • If you find you must travel, take precautions: use touchless procedures when possible, wear a mask and make sure you wash your hands.

Have a cookout or picnic

  • Plan to be outside.
  • Keep the guest list small and make sure no one is sick.
  • Everyone should wear a mask (yes, even if you're outside).
  • Gather together, but stay physically distanced (yes, even outside).
  • Make it a BYO everything.
  • Provide hand sanitizer and cleaning supplies.

Visit a park or local trail

  • Check out somewhere new close to your residence.
  • Avoid crowded parks or campgrounds.
  • Wear a mask if anyone else is around (yes, even outside).
  • Keep your distance from those not in your household.

Dine out

The safest way to dine out is to grab carryout from your favorite place, find a nice spot outside or back at your residence and enjoy. If you want to have the full dining out experience:

  • Make sure you understand the restaurant's safety guidelines and capacity.
  • Wear a mask at all times unless you're eating or drinking.
  • Bring your own hand sanitizer.
  • Keep your food to yourself (no stealing a fry from your friend's plate).
  • Wash your hands often and definitely before and after eating.