After months cooped up inside, this summer will have kids wanting to engage in outdoor activities more than ever.
But as states continue to reopen, many are seeing a spike in coronavirus cases.
With anxiety levels already high, parents now must contend with the challenge of keeping their kids safe as they head to pools, playgrounds and the beach.
Dr. Sean O’Leary, a Colorado-based pediatrician and vice chair of the American Academy of Pediatrics' Committee on Infectious Diseases, said the most important thing parents need to remember is that the threat of COVID-19 is still here.
"The virus is not any less deadly than it was when we were under lockdown,” O’ Leary told “Good Morning America.”
The good news is that many outdoor spaces provide very low risk of contracting the novel virus.
"If you’re going to an isolated beach, the risk is essentially zero," said O'Leary. "If you’re going to a crowded beach in a place where there’s a lot of transmission, even though it’s outdoors, there’s probably a risk there."
As far as public pools, it’s advised to adhere to the standard safety protocols of applying hand sanitizer often and social distancing.
"If you’re able to go into a setting where you can maintain physical distancing and you’re using hand hygiene then that might be a reasonable activity, but a crowded pool is probably not a great place to be,” O’Leary added.
He recommended the same precautions at playgrounds, by making sure they aren’t too populated, using hand sanitizer and physical distancing.
"In those settings the bigger risk is probably not the 4-year-olds that are within three feet of each other at the playground -- it’s the adults talking next to each other without masks on," O’Leary said. "Adults wearing masks and adults maintaining physical distance is probably more important at this point."
Speaking of face masks, Dr. Wendy Sue Swanson, a Wisconsin-based pediatrician, stressed the importance of keeping your nose and mouth covered while outside.
"Without question, if your child is over 2 and you’re going to go to a public place, I cannot say it strongly enough that I believe you should be all wearing masks," Swanson told the outlet.
“It signals that you want your children out but you don’t want them to be a threat to someone else, and it likely decreases the risk that even if they do have asymptomatic disease, they aren’t going to pass on an infection to someone."