What are some safe winter activities that can be enjoyed during COVID-19?

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The winter season is well under way, but the COVID-19 pandemic is far from over. Most people have been locked up in their homes for months now, and the wear is starting to show. Though the winter months have brought a surge in COVID-19 cases, they have also brought the ability to enjoy safe winter activities. Just like the summer and fall, there are a number of winter activities that can safely be enjoyed, even during a pandemic.

Safe indoor winter activities during COVID-19

There is a far higher risk of COVID-19 transmission in indoor spaces, particularly smaller, more confined spaces. Due to this, very few indoor activities can be safely enjoyed anywhere but in your own home. But a few public indoor activities can still be enjoyed with measured risk.


A visit to the local library can be enjoyed without taking any massive risks. Browsing books and settling in for a few chapters is typically an isolated activity, and with just a few extra measures, it can be enjoyed even during the COVID-19 pandemic. Consistent mask wearing and hand washing should be practiced while shopping and reading, but if you can find a nice isolated area, you can feel reasonably comfortable enjoying your winter read in a public library.


Indoor tennis, where it is available, can be enjoyed any time of the year. If you are looking to get some physical activity without braving the cold, an indoor tennis game may be the perfect choice for you. As usual, make sure to keep your distance, wash your hands frequently, and wear a mask whenever possible.

Family crafts

A number of holiday crafts can be enjoyed even in the midst of a pandemic. A homemade batch of hot cocoa, eggnog, or mulled wine can ease the quarantine loneliness, as can making gingerbread houses, bingeing Christmas movies even after the holidays are over, and decorating cookies.

Outdoor winter activities

Depending on where you live, there is a great amount of enjoyment to be had during the winter. Snowfall and colder temperatures often mean the start of several delightful winter activities, and the fact that these are typically isolated is a huge plus. If you live somewhere that remains warm all year round, many of these suggestions won’t be unavailable to you. If you’ll see snow at some point this winter, however, at least one of these ideas may be appealing, especially if you’re looking at participating in a first date.

Ice skating

Most people bundle up before going ice skating, which makes it an excellent choice for a pandemic activity. If you can, avoid indoor changing rooms, which can sometimes get quite crowded, and opt to change everything but your shoes before arriving at the rink.

Hit the slopes

Skiing and snowboarding are arguably the most fitting safe winter activities to enjoy during the COVID-19 pandemic. Inherently isolated, a trip to hit the slopes should be safe pretty much no matter where you live. Just make sure to avoid crowded shuttles or gondolas, and where possible, enjoy your pre- and post-skiing cocktails on an outdoor patio.

Snowball fight

Who doesn’t love a good snowball fight? With proper social distancing, this staple of winter weather can remain even in the year of COVID-19. As long as you can keep teams reasonably isolated and don masks when you can’t, there is no reason to avoid this winter activity. Other, similar snowy activities—like sledding and making snow angels and snowmen—can also be enjoyed in relative isolation.

Hiking and snowshoeing

Another set of inherently isolated activities, hiking and snowshoeing are excellent options for anyone looking to work up a sweat this winter. You’re likely to keep to a small group even if you visit a public trail, and people in cold areas will likely opt for a scarf over their noses and mouths purely to avoid the chill.

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Sources: Real Simple, Global News

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