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Going to Public Places During the COVID-19 Pandemic

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

ARCHIVED: This resource has been archived. More recent resources are available in the COVID-19 section of our Resource Library.

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. 

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