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"Fall Activities During Covid: What's Safe, and What Might Be Risky"

Health interviewed Anne Rimoin, UCLA Fielding School of Public Health professor of epidemiology and director of the Fielding School’s UCLA Center for Global and Immigrant Health, about football season and the pandemic. 

Thursday, September 24, 2020

Fall is here, and that means there's a range of fun activities you can enjoy with family and friends—in any normal year, that is. But 2020 has brought us a global pandemic, and how we spend our time is now limited by social distancing rules, mask-wearing, and other safety measures designed to protect people from the coronavirus. 

Does that mean you have to cancel all your favorite autumn activities? Absolutely not. “Fall is a great family-fun season and with positive health behaviors, we can keep it that way,” Carol A. Winner, MPH, who founded the Give Space personal distancing movement, tells Health. Here are eight activities you can still enjoy this fall. Some are safe as is, and others simply need to be adjusted a bit to make them work during Covid.

Apple picking

While many organized apple-picking events have been cancelled this year due to COVID-19, such as the Georgia Apple Festival and the North Carolina Apple Festival, farm orchards are generally still open. To manage crowds and ensure social distancing, lots of farms have timed entries or offer tickets for a specific time frame.