We’re all aware that social-distancing guidelines limit socializing during the COVID-19 pandemic. But is there any way to still see friends and stay safe? Summer 2020 may not be what we had anticipated, but that doesn’t mean we shouldn’t try to make the best of it.
Check out these new ways of socializing safely during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Hang out outdoors with friends:
We’re currently navigating a confusing landscape. Health officials agree that outdoor activities are on the lower end of the spectrum of risk. Activities like taking walks with friends, exercising outdoors, or even meeting for a socially-distanced picnic should be safe.
*It’s still a good idea to keep a six-foot distance, even if you’re outside!
Host a Zoom party:
Before COVID-19, many of us had never heard of Zoom, but the video chat app quickly became synonyms with the pandemic. We’ve been seeing it all from Zoom birthday parties, baby showers, gender reveal parties, to work happy hours. To host a party, all you have to do is email your guest list with a Zoom invite, and the socially-distant festivities can begin!
Tailgate at a restaurant parking lot:
Tailgating in a restaurant is kind of like dining out, drive-in style. Folks are gathering in local restaurant parking lots to enjoy a meal. Some eateries are delivering food right to the trunk of their guest’s cars. If not, you can pick up take-out or make a picnic-style meal to bring along. We’ve even seen a few restaurants hire a band to play at a safe distance! To keep this night out mess-free, bring along the Table-Mate XL. The table can fit a take-away dinner for two so you don’t have to worry about spilling in the back of your car.
Parking lot happy hours:
Sipping on homemade cocktails in parking lots have gained popularity as people look for safe ways to escape their homes during the coronavirus pandemic. All you need is your drink of choice (non-alcoholic for the designated drivers), a couple of good friends, an empty parking lot, and of course, a car. Let your friends know where to meet and park in a circle at least six feet apart. You can either sit on the hood of your car or pop open your trunk.
Catch a flick at a drive-in:
Drive-ins are making a comeback, and we’re totally ok with that! Drive-ins were almost a thing of the past, but since COVID-19 has shut down most movie theatres around the country, they’re gaining a new life. A lot of cities nationwide are hosting ‘pop-up’ drive-ins so folks can have a night out at a safe distance. This is also an excellent activity for grandparents to teach grandkids about what was once a relic of a bygone era. But be sure to plan your snacks ahead. Most pop-up drive-ins are BYOP (bring your own popcorn).
Plan a drive-by birthday bash:
If you have a little one who’s celebrating a corona-birthday, you’ve probably heard of drive-by birthday parties. Friends and family will drive past the birthday boy or girl’s home to say happy birthday, drop off presents, or get a goodie bag - from a safe distance. If party guests are planning to come with gifts, turn the Table-Mate II into a gift-receiving station. Tie some balloons to it, throw on a decorative table cloth, and place it on your curb so partygoers can drop the gift off without having to leave the car.