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Only on WRAL at 6. With schools closed and extracurricular activities canceled for months because of the COVID pandemicmost children have not seen their friends or peers in person for what may feel like eternity for them. And for children, time spent with peers is a vital part of growing up and an essential part of their social and emotional development.
So as states begin to reopen, parents may wonder if it is OK to allow play dates. Elizabeth Blyth.
Outdoor activities are preferable to indoor ones because fresh air dilutes the virus. Masks also help prevent the spread of the virus.
Blyth says. Can the play date take place outdoors?
Find a space for the children to play outside, and make sure they can stay 6 to 10 feet apart, which is your safest bet to reduce the risk of virus transmission. And anyone the children will be around during the play date should wear masks.
This group includes people older than 65 and anyone with a serious underlying medical condition, such as diabetes or heart disease. Play dates are higher risk if there are household members who have high-risk medical conditions.
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Keep the play date short, and set a timer so the children know when the play date is over. If your child does not want to wear a mask and cannot stay at least 6 to 10 feet apart the entire play date, consider a virtual play date instead. Published: Updated: So what do you do to keep everyone safe if you want to plan a play date for your child?
How to stay safe: Keep the play date short, and set a timer so the children know when the play date is over. Close Comments.
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