Summer is here and festive season upon us but like most of 2020, this summer will come with challengers.
With social distancing in place and the prohibiting of large gatherings, it feels like the coronavirus pandemic has taken the fun, laughter and happy family moments off the cards.
“This summer is just another learning curve, and as a resilient nation it won’t take long for us to find ways to enjoy summer as we always have,” comments Alexa Wilding, senior brand manager for Everysun.
“All it takes is a little imagination, the necessary precautions and summer is back on.”
There are many alternative ways to enjoy summer this year without limiting yourself to virtual experiences and hazmat suit apparel.
“Summer is all about relaxing, enjoying yourself and spending time with those you care about the most, and that is exactly what you should be aiming for,” explains Wilding.
Wilding suggests six tips on how to have a summer to remember while keeping safe:
It’s time for a picnic
There are many Covid safe picnicking areas, and this is a great way to enjoy the outdoors with your favourite snacks, without being too close to other families in the area.
Maintaining a safe distance is always a good idea, and a picnic is the perfect activity for this.
Picnic time. Picture: Pexels/Helena Lopes
Have a braai… but DON’T overdo the guest list
It is very easy to plan a braai and have the guest list get out of control.
Be selective about who you are inviting, by making sure that they follow the same safety precautions as you do.
Go for a run or a bike ride
Exercise hasn’t been cancelled, and whether it is with your family, friends or alone, to keep a positive mindset and a healthy body taking part in an outdoor exercise regime is the way to go.
Outdoor exercise with friends. Picture: Pexels/One Shot
Outdoor farmer’s markets are safe activities for the summer holidays, but remember to keep your mask on, and always maintain a safe distance.
Camp out in the backyard
If you are spending your summer at home that doesn’t mean you can’t experience the great outdoors.
Set up a tent; make s’mores, roast marshmallows, tell ghost stories and star gaze.
The best of camping, with your own bathroom nearby.
Drive-in movies are making a comeback
So, pack the kids in the car, or have an overdue date night and watch a movie in the comfort of your car.
If you have an SUV or hatch back, fill it with cushions and blankets and watch the movie in your makeshift lounge with the boot up.
Over summer, while relaxing, it is easy to forget that precautions still need to be upheld, and it is important to remember to social distance, wear a mask, and wash and sanitise your hands.
Another safety precaution while enjoying all outdoor summer activities is sunscreen.
Protecting your skin from the sun should be done all year round with an increase during summer.
“Skin damage caused by the sun can be avoided when the proper sunscreen protection is applied throughout the day,” says Wilding.
“Don’t let skin damage and sunburn put a damper on your summer plans.”