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Making Smart Choices: Safe vs. Unsafe Memorial Day Weekend Activities

Safety | May 27, 2021
Two women and a baby enjoy a picnic on a blanket
Making the right choices for you and your family this holiday weekend doesn’t have to be overwhelming.

As many COVID-19 restrictions are relaxed and fully vaccinated people no longer are required to wear masks in most settings, many may be experiencing mixed emotions approaching Memorial Day weekend.  

Your feelings may range from excitement at seeing loved ones you haven’t seen in months, to frustration around how to safely navigate the neighborhood picnic. With many people fully or partially vaccinated, we understand that we are safer, but how do we make smart choices and still see friends and family? 

“This Memorial Day Weekend, if you want to gather with people outside your household and who are unvaccinated, plan for outdoor activities as we know being outdoors poses a lower risk than indoor activities,” said, Catherine Kroll, director of Infection Prevention. “People who are not vaccinated should continue to practice social distancing and masking, depending on the situation,” she added.  

Memorial Day Weekend dos and don’ts if you’re fully vaccinated 

  • Do resume activities that you did before the pandemic. The good news is that if you are fully vaccinated, it is safe to socialize without wearing a mask or physically distancing, whether a backyard barbecue, baseball game, pool party or dinner at your favorite restaurant.  

  • Don’t stop taking precautions if you are fully vaccinated but immunocompromised. If you have a condition or are taking medications that weaken your immune system, you may NOT be fully protected even if you are fully vaccinated. Talk to your healthcare provider about what precautions to take.   

  • Do prioritize outdoor activities. If you are planning to gather with people who are unvaccinated, choose an outdoor location to prevent infection among those who don’t have protection from the virus.  

Memorial Day Weekend dos and don’ts if you’re not fully vaccinated 

  • Before making any plans, do consider your location and how COVID-19 is spreading in your community. Check this map for COVID spread. 

  • Do plan fun activities with members of your household. Whether a picnic, a trip to the beach, or a scenic hike, the holiday weekend is a great time to get out of the house and have a family adventure.  

  • Do attend small, outdoor gatherings with family and friends. When gathering with people outside your household, continue to practice social distancing and wear a mask to protect yourself and others.  

  • To stay safe, don’t attend crowded indoor or outdoor events. Attending a crowded, indoor or outdoor event, like a live performance, parade, or sports event are some of the least safe activities and should be avoided if you are not fully vaccinated.  

Based on your vaccination status, remember to keep the following key guidelines in mind: 

What outdoor activities are safe to do now 

Chart of safety measures by vaccination status and activity

As you head out to enjoy your Memorial Day activities, be sure to make smart choices, and most importantly don’t forget to have fun!    

Bottom line, the best way to stay safe is to get vaccinated. If you haven’t received the COVID-19 vaccine, you can easily make an appointment by visiting PeaceHealth’s COVID-19 website. Schedule your free COVID-19 vaccine appointment here.  

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