The novel Coronavirus pandemic has changed the way people live their daily lives. What was at first thought of as an emergency that would at some point disappear has morphed into a world-wide pandemic that has taken the lives of more than 500,000 in the US alone. As a result, people had to adapt to the new “normal” and alter the way they interact with others.
2021 came and with it came the hope that this will all be behind us soon. A legendary effort is being done to vaccinate as many people as possible to lower the risks of transmission and glimpse into a life slowly moving back to normal. This, of course, is making people go out and about again. It seemed like a perfect time for our Houston personal injury lawyers to explore some fun activities that could be done during covid-19 that are also safe.
Texas Opens Up
The state of Texas has just ended its statewide mask mandate on March 10 2021. Under current rules, businesses are allowed to operate at full capacity, given that the hospitals in their region aren’t overcrowded with covid-19 patients.
With all these restrictions going away, it’s essential to stress the importance of following the official guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) as well as health agencies in Texas to ensure the safety of yourself and people around you.
Here’s a quick summary of the loosened covid-19 restrictions in the state of Texas:
- Face masks are no longer required in the public. However, federal and state health officials still believe masks should be worn to slow the virus’ spread,
- Schools, colleges, courts, and local governments can still require face masks in their facilities. The cities of Austin, Dallas, Houston, San Antonio, & El Paso have keps mask requirements in indoor city buildings.
- Businesses are allowed to return to 100% capacity, but are still allowed to limit capacity and enforce safety protocols at their discretion.
- All state parks are set to return to full capacity.
Where to Have Fun While Staying Safe in Houston
People living in the lone star state and across the nation understandably have reached “pandemic fatigue” and would like to go out and have fun while keeping themselves and their families safe. That’s why we’ve put together some social distancing-friendly activities that will ensure your family a good time.
Visit A Museum
Houston is home to a number of astonishing museums. Purchase a Houston Museum Pass, a 24-hour pass that grants you entry to all nine museums that are currently open. Learn about history, art, photography, architecture, and more. Immerse yourself in awe-inspiring exhibits and learn about the rich history of Houston & the Lone Star State.
Visit A Farmers Market
With 4 different farmers’ markets operating weekly in Houston, there’s always a chance to snag some goodies. Whether you’d like to grab a quick meal, some organic produce for your home, or farm raised eggs, you’ll find it all at the farmers market. It’s a great way to work on newly developed pandemic cooking skills with the best ingredients.
Go to a Drive-In Movie Theater
The pandemic brought back many retro activities including drive-in movie theaters! A few drive-in theaters have opened up in Houston allowing you to have a blast with your family without leaving your car or risking the safety of your loved ones.
Join A Yoga Session
One of the main issues that accompanies the pandemic is people feeling more stressed than ever. Luckily, there’s a perfect way to relieve stress while staying safe: practicing Yoga! Yoga has not only been found to improve fitness, it also improves mental health and can be used as a framework for how to process the huge shift in our lives caused by the pandemic.
There are many Yoga studios and independent instructors that can aid with guidance whether it was an in-person session or even a virtual one.
Coronavirus (COVID-19) Resources
We’ve put together a list of additional resources to help you out during the pandemic depending on your needs:
- Houston COVID-19 Resources
- Harris County COVID-19 Resources
- Texas COVID-19 Legal Resources
- CDC COVID-19 FAQs