Many unforeseen questions have come our way in the last year with the COVID-19 pandemic. As schools and community activities are beginning to reopen, many parents are wondering what activities their children can safely participate in, especially indoor sports and indoor playtime with other kids.
When it comes to when and where your kids can play safely, there are a few things to consider.
1. What is the state of COVID in your community?
If you live in a smaller town or city with relatively few cases, as I do in Traverse City, Michigan, you have a little more flexibility with what your kids can do. Playing indoor sports with masks (there are great athletic masks available online) is safer in a community with few cases. Playing indoor sports in a big city with high numbers is not.
This goes for indoor playtime with other kids and families. If your community doesn’t have a high COVID count, ask your child’s friend’s parents the appropriate questions to make sure it’s safe for your child to play with them. Ask questions like How many other people do you regularly seeing? Do you routinely wear masks?
If you live in a big city with a higher case count, I recommend allowing your children to play with other children only outdoors and from a safe social distance or with masks on at all times.
2. Is your child high-risk or is anyone you live with high-risk?
If your child has diabetes, severe asthma, a severe immune deficiency or another illness that puts him at risk for developing severe symptoms from COVID, he should not play indoor sports. If you have an elderly member of your family living with you or a family member who has any of the above-mentioned illnesses, I would also recommend not allowing your child to have indoor playtime with others or play indoor sports since he would then pose a risk to your at-risk family member.