COVID-19 Reduce Risk of Exposure

HOW CAN I REDUCE THE RISK IF I…

PRECAUTIONS TO REDUCE RISK

invite people to a picnic/BBQ/small gathering

Fewer than 10 people; limit contact with people from different households; stay 6 feet apart from other household groups; everyone bring own utensils; limit sharing of food; stay home if sick; outside is safer than inside; high risk individuals should postpone

go to the water parks

Difficult to avoid large groups and close contact; stay 6 feet away from other people as much as possible; minimize touching of surfaces; observe what the water park is doing to help protect you and leave if you don’t feel comfortable; high risk individuals should postpone

go biking and hiking 

Avoid busy paths; stay 6 feet away from other households; cover face and mouth when passing too close to another biker/hiker/jogger

go boating, ATVing

Do not tie onto other boats of people outside your household; stay 6 feet away from people outside your household, even on ATVs; do not gather in groups of more than 10 people

play contact sports (basketball, football, soccer)

Nobody should engage in any high-contact sports with anyone outside of their household

play baseball

Eliminate all but essential contact; no sharing of equipment; no sharing of food or drinks; face coverings when not possible to stay 6 feet away from others (e.g. dugouts); face coverings on field encouraged for those who are able; replace balls frequently; no group celebrations in close contact; maintain 6 feet from people outside your household in bleachers

attend large community gatherings/events

Groups more than 10 people in one place, even outside, increase your risk of infection; stay 6 feet away from people outside your household; stay home when sick; wear face covering; high risk individuals should postpone

go to a garage or yard sale

Safety precautions will be difficult to assess; stay 6 feet away from other people; limit your touching of merchandise; disinfect any purchases before placing in your home; do not stop if there are more than 10 people at the sale; high risk individuals should postpone

have my kids attend play dates

Impossible to keep kids apart and not share toys or food; stay home if anyone has any sign of illness; outside is safer than inside

go swimming 

Stay away from tables, chairs and other equipment – bring your own or don’t use; stay 6 feet away from other groups; outside is safer than inside

go to a restaurant

Stay with your small group; stay 6 feet away from other groups; make a reservation and ask what they are doing to protect your safety; observe what the establishment is doing to help protect you and leave if you don’t feel comfortable; use single-use menus; leave if live music is being played or there is dancing; high risk individuals should postpone

go to a bar

Alcohol and a lively bar scene can reduce inhibitions and safety precautions of patrons; stay with your small group; stay 6 feet away from other groups of people; ask what they are doing to protect your safety; observe what the establishment is doing to help protect you and leave if you don’t feel comfortable; use single-use menus; leave if live music is being played or there is dancing; high risk individuals should postpone

go listen to live music

Live music, including choirs and bands, should be avoided as they generate increased droplets in the air that travel further, and an increase in deep breaths taken in, both of which increases risk of infection

shop at retail stores

Stay 6 feet away from other people; observe what the store is doing to help protect you and leave if you don’t feel comfortable; limit unnecessary touching of merchandise; wear a face covering; ask employees about their precautions; high risk individuals should postpone

go to the movies

Groups of more than 10 people in one place increase your risk of infection; stay 6 feet away from all people outside your household; stay home when sick; wear face covering; do not share food or drink; do not self-serve food or drink; outside is better than inside; high risk individuals should postpone

go to a casino

Groups of more than 10 people in one place increase your risk of infection; stay 6 feet away from all people outside your household; stay home when sick; wear face covering; minimize touching of surfaces; observe what the casino is doing to help protect you and leave if you don’t feel comfortable; high risk individuals should postpone

visit elderly relatives

Older people with chronic conditions are at very high risk; wear face covering; stay 6 feet away with no physical contact; stay home if not feeling well; long-term care facilities do not allow most visitors

go to a salon/get other personal care services

Make an appointment and ask what they are doing to protect your safety; stay in your car until they are ready for you; wear a face covering when possible; make sure employees are wearing masks or face shields; wash your hands before the appointment and make sure employee washes theirs; observe what the establishment is doing and leave if you don’t feel comfortable; high risk individuals should postpone

go to church or other faith-based services

Stay with your household group; stay 6 feet away from other groups; avoid all physical contact; do not share group fellowship after services; do not share food or drink; leave if live music is being performed; high risk individuals should postpone

go to the gym

Disinfect surfaces of all equipment before you use it; observe what the gym is doing to help protect you and leave if you don’t feel comfortable; stay 6 feet away from other people; do not do a class with more than 10 people in a room; outside exercise is a safer alternative; high risk individuals should postpone

go to greenhouses and nurseries

Outside is safer than inside; stay 6 feet away from other people; wear a face covering; ask employees about their precautions; observe what the greenhouse is doing to help protect you and leave if you don’t feel comfortable; avoid touching merchandise unless purchasing; high risk individuals should postpone

go to the doctor or get vaccines for my child

Ask what they are doing to protect your safety when you make your appointment; you should be required to be screened when you arrive; procedures like immunizations are not high risk; wait in your car until they’re ready for you; wear face covering and make sure your provider also wears a mask; postpone non-essential services, especially high-risk individuals

  go to the dentist

Ask what they are doing to protect your safety when you make your appointment; you should be required to be screened when you arrive; hold off on routine cleanings and only go for urgent issues; make sure all staff is wearing face masks and the person working on your teeth has a face shield; high-risk individuals should postpone non-emergency services

People can safely enjoy many of the benefits of Iowa County, especially our amazing outdoor spaces. We ask that you do so in a way that is safe for you and others so we can get beyond this COVID nightmare we’ve been living for the past several months.