We miss the outdoors. We especially miss hanging out with our family and friends for some fun activities. As things turn for the better, we still need to practice social distancing to protect ourselves from the health risks posed by COVID-19. But that doesn’t mean that we can’t resume playing our favorite games.
Here are some games and outdoor sports you can play with your friends or family while keeping the proper distance:
A Tennis Match
Tennis is a perfect social-distancing sport. It’s mostly played outdoors, and you stay on either side of the net, avoiding any contact with your opponent. Singles match players are at least 60 feet from each other, but there are still some precautionary measures to keep in mind:
- Don’t use the same balls; use a fresh one every time you serve.
- If you have a designated ball person, it’s best that they use a hand glove when touching the balls.
- Don’t do your usual pre-match and post-match handshakes or high fives.
- No need to change courts, stay on your side for the entire match
- Wipe down and disinfect your racquet and gear after the game
- Wash up immediately after the game and after disinfecting your equipment.
How About a Game of Pickleball
You haven’t heard of pickleball? It’s a new fun sport you can play outdoors, and it’s a game for players of all ages. It combines elements of tennis, badminton, and Ping-Pong played using wood paddles and a plastic ball.
It requires a compact backyard pickleball court that you can easily install in your home. The paddles are lightweight, so even kids can join in the fun.
Afternoon Backyard Bingo
You can play bingo without the need to distribute actual cards. Send virtual bingo card via email to the participants and then set up disinfected tables and chairs outside. Mind the two-meter distance and ask them if they prefer to bring their own tables and chairs as well.
The person calling out the numbers should have a microphone and megaphone so that everyone can hear it.
Window Tic-tac-toe for the Young and Old
This is easy enough to do. Create a board by pasting masking tape on your glass window. One can play from inside the house and the other outside. Use a non-permanent marker so that you can easily erase the X’s and O’s after the game.
Bonding Through Charades
This is a great way to relax and bond with your friends while following social distancing rules. The neighborhood kids can play this, too. Act out movie scenes and words for everyone to guess. You can skip the hugs and high fives for when you win, though. And make sure that the tools you will use are clean and disinfected.
We’re miles away from returning to our normal routines, but we can start bringing back some activities that will limit the health risks. Playing games and sports is one of them. You can reconnect with friends and stay active during the pandemic; just make sure that you are protected at all times.