This Is the One Thing the CDC Says You Shouldn't Do This Summer

The weather may be warmer, but that doesn't mean it's safe to do this amid COVID-19.

Thanks to the coronavirus pandemic, group activities have effectively been canceled this summer. If you're following the social distancing recommendations of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), that means a summer without those big family barbecues, outdoor concerts, and team sports, too. Yes, though the fresh air and green space are tempting after being cooped up at home for months, the CDC warns against playing sports with others outside.

"In general, most organized activities and sports, such as basketball, baseball, soccer, and football that are held on park fields, open areas, and courts are not recommended," the CDC says. "These activities and sports typically require coaches and athletes who are not from the same household or living unit to be in close proximity, which increases their potential for exposure to COVID-19."

To keep communities safe, social sports clubs and recreational programs around the country have stopped operating. Meanwhile, cities have removed basketball hoops on public courts and taken down tennis nets to prevent pick-up games. And that's not even accounting for the professional leagues.

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As the COVID-19 outbreak spread around the globe, major sports were ground to a halt. March Madness, college basketball's most heated competition, was shut down. Major League Baseball stopped spring training and called off the start of its season. The NFL held a virtual draft for the first time in history. Even the 2020 Summer Olympics in Tokyo—where the world's top athletes would face off—were pushed back a year.

So, what does the future look like for sports fans? When sports eventually do resume, you might see abbreviated schedules, stadiums without spectators, and players wearing face masks. But no matter if you'd rather be on the field or in the bleachers, you'll have to wait it out until it's safe to root, root, root for the home team once again. And for more dangerous activities you should avoid, check out the 7 Things You Won't Be Able to Do This Summer Thanks to Coronavirus.

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