As the new year begins in earnest, plans for outdoor activities, vacations, and parties are also starting in earnest. Of course, interest alone isn’t enough. You have to compete with the weather, constantly changing public health decisions, and just getting back to a sense of “normal” (whatever that is!)
There is more interest in being outdoors than during the cooler winter months as spring gets closer. Of course, the past couple of winters have been slightly different from previous ones. Due to the acceleration of remote, virtual, and online life because of the pandemic, all sorts of activities have been moved remotely and outdoors. Visit here
For instance, restaurants have provided outdoor dining. Retail has moved online or offered “pop-up shopping” under tents along various sidewalks and parks. ER and others in health care have had to be creative by using a hospital tent in parking lots and other outdoor venues. But with more and more people being vaccinated and things opening back up, planning for more traditional activities such as in-person classrooms, retail spaces, sports venues, and more will require some level of planning.
Looking to the Future
Part of the planning moving forward is to balance the need for public health and those of a more personal, or mental health, interest. Let’s face it: people have fatigue. Fatigue of being indoors, cooped up, unable to interact in a more normal setting.
As people emerge from the winter, there is a reality that it isn’t quite as warm right as it will be, meaning that you’ll need to consider outdoor heating and insulating your outdoor tents and spaces, whether you use tents, awnings, umbrellas, or other options.
Preparing for a More Open Society
It’s not cliche to say we’re looking forward to a day when “society opens back up.”
While we’ve seen most things ease up in regards to public health, and for all the “normalcy” that the ease has created, we’ve also seen some negatives come about from being cooped up.
Due to the past few years, all types of people have reported anxiety and other mental health issues. There has been an increase in social anxiety, substance abuse, and other issues as a result, and hopefully, with time and possibly treatment, these issues will begin to subside.
These issues extend beyond just how we feel. It is also observable in how people interact in confined places. There appears to be a schism in society between three types of people: those on one extreme view of public health, the opposite polemic, and those in the middle.
People who strictly adhere to public health guidelines are concerned by the behaviors of those on the opposite side, and vice versa. Meanwhile, a third segment of the population is just trying to do what is needed to get by without pushing back. So how do we walk back the schism that has occurred in society between the three main opposing camps?
The first thing is for public health administrators and the government to be more specific in guidelines and requirements. Then, either add some “teeth” behind a public policies or eliminate them altogether. The ambiguity and ever-changing nature of mandates and decrees become challenging to maneuver and add fissures in how people understand what is allowable. Visit here
Much like the “no shirt, no shoes” policies of most businesses, by creating a clear guideline for participating in the spaces and services gives a common ground of understanding.
The second is to preach patience. Stress does various things to human psychology, and people react differently. Once clear guidelines are established, teaching tolerance as a technique will moderate less than ideal behaviors. This is a substantial public health undertaking that could be implemented.
Moving into 2022 should see a more “normal” than the past few years. But, as social and public health procedures change, it also comes with some challenges. Like making plans for inclement weather, planning on ways and strategies to deal with more inclusion will take specific guidelines and patience as society emerges from the stresses and anxieties of the past.