At the start of 2020, any suggestion that a novel flu-like virus in one part of the world would spread to all continents and impact virtually every nation would have been easily brushed aside.
COVID-19 spread across the globe in just a few short months, though, becoming a pandemic that has required stringent measures to curb its spread. These include social distancing protocols, lockdowns, curfews, and stay-at-home directives, and people have had to adjust their lifestyles to keep themselves and others safe.
Being indoors can get old fast, however — especially if the weather is nice. The good news is there are still some outdoor activities that D.C. residents can enjoy. Read on for a breakdown of what you can and can’t do in Washington, D.C. during COVID-19.
What You Can Do in D.C. During COVID-19
If you are tired of long, boring, lonely days indoors, then it’s time to get outside and safely experience your local area. Here’s a list of what you can do in Washington, D.C. during the pandemic.
1. Take a Virtual Class
COVID-19 has undoubtedly disrupted many organizations’ operations. Although this is an inconvenience, it may also present an opportunity for people who would otherwise be busy working. This is an excellent time to add to your credentials or pick up a new skill, for example. In-person learning has been disrupted, but it is still happening via virtual classes and learning platforms. Is there a short course beneficial for your career, or have you always wanted to learn how to play the piano? Consider this period as an opportunity for self-improvement!
2. Exercise Outside
Exercising is a great way to both keep your body toned and ensure your mind remains sharp. It is possible to workout indoors in your home, but it can be monotonous if you are alone and exercising in the same place you’re spending all the rest of your time.
Going out to exercise during the pandemic is permissible, and there are plenty of beautiful sidewalks and paths you can take throughout D.C. to take in some fresh air and scenery in the process. Some of the exercises you can do outdoors include walking, jogging, biking, yoga, tai chi, bodyweight routines, and meditation — just make sure to bring a mask and that all other people are at least six feet away from you.
A few suggestions on exercise spots:
- The National Mall
- The Watergate Steps
- Rock Creek Park
- The Anacostia Riverwalk
- The Georgetown Waterfront
- The Mount Vernon Trail
- Any nearby park or public green space for yoga and bodyweight work
3. Go to the Park
Speaking of parks, one of the best ways to relax, enjoy some fresh air, and get some exercise is going to a park. Though social gatherings and non-essential activities are highly discouraged, parks, golf courses, tennis courts, and dog parks are open again. The capacity for such places has been restricted to 50 people, and individuals must stay at least six feet from each other, so keep those guidelines in mind as you venture out.
- Rock Creek Park
- Glover Archbold Park
- Theodore Roosevelt Island
- East Potomac Park
- The National Mall
4. Go Digital With Zoom Happy Hours
Humans are social beings by nature, and there’s nothing quite like spending time with family and friends while doing what you love. Social distancing guidelines have meant a lack of social interaction that has arguably been the most significant effect of COVID-19 on people’s typical lifestyles.
This does not mean you cannot enjoy the company of friends, however. People are getting creative in how they interact by setting up virtual happy hours, and using video conferencing apps such as Zoom to organize online parties with friends! It’s a great way to get face time with your friends and family while still adhering to safety protocols.
Bonus tip: Keep yourself busy in between happy hours by finding some indoor activities to pass the time.
5. Check in with Neighbors and Friends
The virus has kept us only going out except for essentials and work, and our lack of ability to socialize makes it easy to forget about those who may not have someone to check on them. Reach out to your elderly or disabled neighbors to see how they are holding up or if they need your assistance. It may be as simple as putting their trash out or assisting them in getting some groceries.
It’s important to reach out to others in your network as well, even if they are able to fend for themselves. Call a friend or family member you have not spoken to in a while to see how things are going. If you are working from home, you may have a little more time on your hands and can take a few minutes to check in with someone who would love to hear from you. A simple call, text, or even a Facetime may brighten someone’s day, and you will feel better connecting with others as well.
Life in Washington, D.C.
Despite the current restrictions on social life, Washington, D.C. remains one of the best places to live. It offers a high quality of life, and there are plenty of outdoor activities.
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