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Going to Public Places During the COVID-19 Pandemic

June 2020 | Brian Chicoine, MD - Medical Director, Adult Down Syndrome Center

Many states and communities have lifted stay-at-home restrictions. We have received questions about whether it is safe to resume certain activities such as going to restaurants, getting haircuts, traveling, and more. Unfortunately, there is no "one-size-fits-all" answer. It depends on a number of factors. Some questions to consider are: 

  • What is your risk and/or your family members' risk of complications from contracting COVID-19? 
  • What is the importance of the proposed activity to your well-being and/or your family's well-being?
  • What is the rate of COVID-19 infections in your community? 
  • How well are you and your family members able to comply with safe practices such as social distancing, wearing a mask, etc.? 
  • What is your comfort with potential exposure? 

If you choose to resume a particular activity, additional questions to consider include: 

  • What precautions are the businesses and establishments taking? 
  • How often and in what ways are they sanitizing? 
  • Will you be able to maintain physical distance from others? 
  • Are there limitations on the number of people allowed in an area at the same time? 

Additional information about making these decisions can be found in the resources linked below. 

Please note: The information on this site is for educational purposes only and is not intended to serve as a substitute for a medical, psychiatric, mental health, or behavioral evaluation, diagnosis, or treatment plan by a qualified professional. We recommend you review the educational material with your health providers regarding the specifics of your health care needs.

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