Summer is here again. Because we’re still in the middle of the COVID pandemic, it isn’t the summer we want it to be, but it has the potential to be a significantly more fun summer than last year.
The first thing to do this summer is to get vaccinated, if you haven’t already done so. Vaccination is important because it’s extremely effective at preventing people from getting sick from COVID, and there’s increasing evidence that it prevents people from spreading COVID. That’s especially important because children under 12 cannot get vaccinated yet.
The next thing to do when you plan out your activities is to gauge the safety level of your plans and your comfort level. People who are fully vaccinated can go without masks. As a result, many places have dropped their mask requirements. Since younger children aren’t vaccinated yet, you may feel safer avoiding those places. In that case, there are plenty of close-to-home ideas to enjoy summer.
If you feel safe venturing out, check ahead for any COVID restrictions. And continue to be prepared by bringing masks and hand sanitizer with you.
1. Sign up for your local library’s summer reading program. Even if you’re avoiding in-person programs, you can check out stacks of books and read them for coziness, love of reading and prizes.
2. Join the national campaign to read 1,000 books before kindergarten with your little one.