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Tips for Celebrating Labor Day Safely

By Kristy Warren


Labor Day is often considered the unofficial end-of-summer holiday. While we’re all eager to squeeze in that last bit of warm summer fun, it's important to stay diligent in both our COVID-19 prevention and summer safety measures like heat and sun safety. Keep Laurel Health's simple safety tips in mind to make sure your Labor Day celebration is fun and safe for the whole family. 




  • Play it safe. The safest way to celebrate with friends and family is visit outdoors while wearing masks and social distancing. Remember to keep at least six of distance between yourself and anyone who does not live in your household full-time. If you're at high-risk for COVID-19 complications, consider a "staycation" to kick back and relax in the comfort of your own home.

  • Avoid large groups or parties.This year, it's best to avoid big gatherings and unncessary travel. It can be hard to give up that big neighborhood block party or indoor dinner party, but COVID-19 and other illnesses spread easily when people are packed together, especially indoors where air isn't circulating as frequently, and at events where people share food, drinks, or plates.

  • Sharing isn't always caring. Do not share utensils, plates, drinks, or food. Make sure to wash your hands regularly with soap & water for 20 seconds, especially before you eat. If you can’t make it to a sink, use hand sanitizer

  • Plan outdoor activities for early or late in the day when the sun is less intense. Camping, nature walks, kayaking, bicycling, or backyard games like bocce ball, badminton, volleyball, or bean bag toss can be fun, safe, socially distanced ways to celebrate the holiday and get in some exercise, but mind the sun. Protect yourself with a hat, sunglasses, and broad-spectrum sunscreen. Remember to reapply after swimming and approx. every 2 hours, as protection wears off via time and sweat.

  • Don’t lose track of time. Time flies when you’re having fun, so remember to take breaks in the shade or indoors to cool down. Stay hydrated and be on the lookout for any signs of heat stroke like dizziness, nausea, confusion, headaches, rapid pulse, or fainting.

  • Keep your distance. Social distancing is still a critical prevention measure to keep COVID-19 from rapidly spreading. Packed parties, pools, and restaurants led to a dangerous rise in cases across the country this summer. Always mask and stay at least six feet apart when interacting with people who are not part of your immediate household (i.e., those who live in your house full-time).

  • Mask up! If you plan to visit with friends and family or pop over to a backyard BBQ, make sure to grab your mask. Pennsylvania requires everyone over the age of two to mask in public places to reduce the spread of COVID-19. Masks are especially important because of COVID-19’s long incubation period, as people are contagious before they realize they are sick and thus are more likely to go out and accidentally spread the virus.

  • Drink plenty of water. While soda, alcohol, and punch are summer favorites, they can actually dehydrate you further. Reach for water to beat the summer heat.

For more health and safety tips, stay tuned to laurelhc.org or visit facebook.com/laurelhc.