Happy Labor Day!

It’s Labor Day weekend, and it’s time for a picnic! Online picnics are the safest from a COVID perspective, and they have fewer ants. Don’t forget to Skype in your friends and family who need to keep their risk very low and stay home!

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The Safe Start plan limits the size of gatherings to five people outside your household in modified Phase 1 and Phase 2 counties and to 10 people outside your household in Phase 3 counties. This requirement helps to limit the chances that you catch COVID-19.

You can help keep yourself and your loved ones safe by:

  • Having your gathering outdoors. This is much safer than gathering indoors.
  • Gathering with a very small group of people. Small groups are safer than large groups.
  • Staying at least six feet from other people. Make sure your chairs are set up far apart.
  • Skipping the hugs and handshakes.
  • Staying home if you aren’t feeling well.

It’s safest to do all these things. But if you aren’t able to, do what you can to keep yourself and your loved ones as safe as possible. Going indoors? Make sure the windows are open to increase ventilation as much as possible and only stay inside for brief time. Need to come within six feet of someone outdoors? Put your mask on. Forget and shake someone’s hand? Wash your hands or use hand sanitizer before you touch your face. Find yourself in a large group? Keep your face covered and be extra sure you are staying at least six feet away from others.

Outdoorsy fun

Besides having a picnic, there are many ways we can safely enjoy a three-day weekend.

  • Walking, running and hiking
  • Rollerblading and biking
  • Hanging out at a park. Read in the shade or play catch with the kids.
  • Camping
  • Swimming or playing at a lake or the beach (never alone, and remember alcohol and swimming don’t mix!)
  • Fitness classes, held outside, that allow distance

Ready to skip the unofficial end of summer and launch into fall? Grab your pumpkin spice beverage and venture out to a local farm or orchard. Several of Washington’s farms offer a u-pick option that allows you to spend time in the fields and orchards and gather your own delicious fruits and veggies.

Practice compassion

Your work to stop the spread of COVID-19 is making a difference. Every time you wear a mask, every time you wash your hands before eating or touching your face, every time you stay six feet back when talking to a neighbor, you are keeping someone safe.

Happy Labor Day!

More information

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Information in this blog changes rapidly. Check the state’s COVID-19 website for up-to-date and reliable info at coronavirus.wa.gov.

Answers to your questions or concerns about COVID-19 in Washington state may be found at our website. You can also contact our the Department of Health call center at 1–800–525–0127 and press # from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. Monday — Friday, and 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday — Sunday. Language assistance is available.

Please note that this call center cannot access COVID-19 testing results. For testing inquiries or results, please contact your health care provider.

Public Health Connection

From the Washington State Department of Health

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