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As New York continues to reopen, it’s important to follow the guidelines on how to keep yourself and your loved ones safe. We were happy to partner with DoNYC to share the “Big Four” strategies to protect yourself from the coronavirus. See below for our latest, which was originally shared on their website.

As New York City moves into Phase 3 of reopening, many of us are rejoicing in the city returning to some semblance of normalcy. Going out for a drink or dining “al sidewalk” are the little luxuries we’ve been craving after a dark and isolating few months. But while you can, and should, enjoy the moments that herald NYC’s coming back to life, it’s also important to remember that there’s still a pandemic going on. Here are the top four actions you can take to keep yourself safe from the coronavirus.

Wear a Mask

Yes we know it’s getting hot out there, but wearing a mask significantly reduces the risk of transmitting or catching the coronavirus. When you’re out in public and unable to keep six feet of distance between yourself and others, it’s essential that you keep your nose and mouth covered. This protects you as well as others who are more vulnerable, since it’s possible you could be an asymptomatic carrier of the virus. Of course, at a restaurant, you will have to remove your mask to eat and drink.

A face covering can be a scarf, a bandana, or other cloth. Experiment with different coverings to determine what works best for you with the heat. You can also try to limit excursions to early in the morning or later in the evening, when it’s cooler outside.

Wash Your Hands

Wash your hands regularly with soap and water or use hand sanitizer. Wash your hands whenever you touch or come into contact with items or surfaces outside of your home. Clean frequently touched surfaces regularly and avoid touching your face with unwashed hands.

Practice Social Distancing

Stay at least six feet away from other people as much as possible. Restaurants are required to maintain this distance between tables. If you’re at the park or in another public space, do your best to keep six feet of distance between you and anyone not in your immediate household or social bubble (which should be 10 friends or fewer).

Stay Home if You’re Sick

If you are sick, it’s essential that you stay home to prevent spreading the virus. Do not leave your house unless it’s for essential medical care or essential errands. If possible, ask a friend or family member to conduct those errands for you and do contact-free drop offs at your apartment or home. Since anyone you’ve had close contact with is likely infected as well, it is best to let them know and to advise them to quarantine.

Navigating Socializing This Summer

Your best bet is to avoid big gatherings and try to gather outside when possible. Bring your own chairs and blankets, and be creative with activities that don’t require physical contact, like charades.

It’s hard to resist the itch to get outside and start socializing again. But as New Yorkers, we’ve got to step up and keep each other safe. By adopting these changes, we can continue to move forward towards a safer and healthier city, while also getting the recreation we crave and need for our mental health. So get out there and enjoy, but be safe while you do it!