As the restrictions placed on indoor activities in public places due to COVID-19 pandemic are being relaxed, people are getting outdoor in record numbers. According to the recent study, places that host traditional outdoor activities such as fishing, hunting, boating, tent, RV camping, hiking, and other outdoor activities has increased compared to 2019. The study also highlights that 3.4 million more went freshwater fishing, 7.9 million more went camping, and 8.1 million more Americans went hiking in 2020-21 compared to 2019-20.
Other activities such as yoga, meditating, exercise routine, running, riding bicycles and walking are on the rise as more Americans are looking to get fit and clear their mind of worry and stress. Grilling out with family and friends is on the rise as more people are getting vaccinated. There’s nothing more soothing than good conversation with family and friends, a cold drink, some burgers.
In the tough times of public restrictions people tend to go back to basics of self-doing, DIY, self-sufficiency, and backyard gardens. Gardening, planting seeds, indoor planting, growing fruit and vegetable gardens in back yards and food crops for the table, is proving satisfying and mentally healthy.
Going outside is liberating, as the number of cases comes down below 1% in some places, providing opportunity to take off the face mask and move around freely in large outdoors.
Study says that when we are in a large outdoor setting, the droplets are constantly moving due to wind, and the sunlight makes it much less effective, making it less likely to get infected by breathing in infected droplets and the chances are nearly zero if you are fully vaccinated.
Other outdoor activities such as rollerblading, golfing, rock and ice climbing, scuba diving, skiing (cross-country and downhill skiing), ice skating, snowboarding and snowshoeing are said to safe to be carried out. It is important to note that the COVID-19 virus spreads from person to person in close contact or in densely crowded closed indoor settings. The virus spreads through respiratory droplets released into the air when talking, coughing, speaking, breathing or sneezing.
Louis Porter, Vermont’s fish and wildlife commissioner said, “All of the things that hunting offers to people and the varied reasons people hunt all fit in with the pandemic, this was the most licenses we have sold in one year, by far and I think it would be fair to say that (the pandemic) played a major role,” The Recreational Vehicle Industry also saw increased demand after Covid restrictions were lifted. Recreational Vehicle Industry reported that North American RV sales increased by 4.5 percent in 2020-21 selling as many as 424,400 units more compared to 2019-20.