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Parents have to make tough choices about the activities they’ll allow their children to partake in while also weighing the related coronavirus risks.
Business Insider talked to three physicians about what they won’t permit their own children to do.
While no activity is completely safe, the experts agree that spending as much time as possible outdoors is a family’s best bet.
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Most parents are likely feeling relieved that school’s over and they no longer have to oversee their children’s remote learning programs. But it’s also left children with much less structure and put additional pressure on parents to come up with fun and worthwhile activities that don’t put their children at a heightened risk of contracting the coronavirus.

Medical experts agree that nothing is completely safe, and that each family has to weigh their own risks and needs when deciding which activities to allow.

Insider interviewed three physicians about the activities they wouldn’t permit their own children to participate in this summer, and how they came to those decisions.

“Essentially, the formula is: the less number of people gathered, the more masks worn (the right way), the more open the space is, and the more precautions you take, the less likely you will be exposed and therefore, get sick,” Dr. Dana Corriel, an internist and mother of three, told Insider.

Get services at a nail salon

After months of lockdown, many tweens and teenagers are likely eager to indulge in a manicure or pedicure, but Dr. Corriel said she wouldn’t allow her children to go to a nail salon since the coronavirus can spread in the air in poorly-ventilated rooms, even among people who are seated six feet apart from one another.

Go to indoor parties, sleepovers, or playdates at friends’ homes

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Dr. Hina Talib, a pediatrician and mother of two, said she advises family and friends to eschew large gatherings altogether, but to especially avoid events that take place inside.

Both Dr. Talib and Dr. Lucy McBride, an internist, also don’t allow their children to play with friends indoors. “Being outdoors is so much safer than indoors,” Dr. McBride said. “Nature provides natural ventilation.”

Go to an indoor camp

Even summer camps that took extensive precautions have seen coronavirus outbreaks. For that reason, Dr. Talib said she wouldn’t allow her children to attend a camp that takes place indoors since that could significantly raise the risk of contracting the disease.

Watch a movie at a theater

Under normal circumstances, going to see a movie during the summer can offer a respite from the sweltering heat. But this summer, Dr. Talib said movie theaters are on her personal list of venues to avoid and recommends families try outdoor or drive-in theaters instead.

Participate in indoor exercise classes

Getting children moving, especially after so many months of being stuck indoors, is crucial. But Dr. Talib said she wouldn’t allow her children to participate in indoor workout classes. She encourages exercising outdoors while also practicing social distancing.

Leave the house without wearing a mask

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