Have a Safe Summer

Now that children between the ages 12-15 can get the vaccine, many more summer activities will be available compared to last year. Things are opening up which means that more activities will be available. But, just because things are opening up doesn’t mean that you still shouldn’t be safe. Whether you plan to travel or just stay local, here are some ways to keep yourself and others safe this summer.

Many more families will be traveling this summer due to increased vaccinations and fewer restrictions. (Illustration by Janne Iivonen, The Wall Street Journal)

Getting vaccinated only helps keep you safe from COVID but not others. Knowing this, you should still be cautious about what you do. Wearing a mask helps keep everyone safe, other than getting vaccinated, masks are shown, when worn correctly, to be very effective at not spreading COVID-19. 

Socially distancing is another great way to stay safe when you don’t have a mask and are with a bunch of people. 

“[This summer I am going to] go to the beach, hang out with friends, and be with my family. [I am going to] socially distance, I am [also] getting the covid shot,” seventh grade Hermosa Valley student Elle P. said.

If you are going to travel this summer you should still be staying COVID-19 safe. Whether you plan to go on a road trip or fly to a new country maybe even a new continent there are many ways you can keep yourself and others safe. One way you can stay safe is by doing your research about the place ahead of time, maybe the COVID-19 restrictions there are different. Another way you can stay safe is by bringing the necessities and more. When packing, make sure to bring extra sanitizer, extra masks, extra everything because you never know what could happen. 

The last and final tip on staying safe while traveling is making sure you follow the restrictions and guidelines in the area you will be traveling. Following their restrictions and guidelines can help keep you and everyone safe. According to Afar Magazine, there are seven safety tips to consider when traveling:

  1. Do your research ahead of time.
  2. Protect the public.
  3. Get tested.
  4. Prepare for the unexpected—and pack for it, too. 
  5. Support local businesses every step of the way.
  6. Be patient and tip well.
  7. Follow the rules of the communities you visit.

(Afar Magazine socially distanced vacations)

If you are staying local there are many safe ways to enjoy the summer. Anything that is outside and not in an enclosed area is perfect for hanging around with a group of people. Some socially distanced activities that are perfect for doing this summer are drive-in movies, picnics or going to the beach. Many activities are already socially distanced so that helps a lot with stopping the spread of COVID-19. 

“I am planning to do JG’s with my friends; I will be following all of the rules that need to be followed,” seventh-grade HVS student Maya R. said.