Hat tips, hand sanitizer and happy birthdays. A Safe Six guide for surviving the new normal.

I think we can all agree that there’s nothing normal about life right now. And, despite the slow re-opening of places, maintaining our Safe Six social distancing space – let alone trying to maintain our sanity – is a big struggle for many of us these days.

Whether you’re trying to figure out how to navigate going back to work, sporting events, the gym, or heck, even just to a friend’s house, we’ve put together a few tips on how to safely enter some of these scenarios under a “new normal.”

1.  After months of working from the comforts of home, many of us will soon be heading back to our physical office spaces, and that can be a bit daunting. Morning meetings, lunchroom gatherings, even just casual “water cooler” talk will look a lot different going forward. That doesn’t mean you can’t engage with your fellow co-workers; it just means that you have to be open to change. For starters, place a Safe Six sticker on your laptop to remind co-workers to maintain their distance from your desk. Try limiting your meetings to two or three participants to allow for more space between people. Eat lunch at your desk rather than in a common area.  And the water cooler? We suggest bringing your own drink to work. You can still converse with colleagues in passing, but keep the coffee talk to a minimum.

2.  Gyms may be reopening soon, too. But before you break a sweat at the studio, there are a few things you should keep in mind to ensure your safety if you go. Since Coronavirus is primarily spread through droplets, and sweat definitely falls into that category, it’s important to make sure that your gym disinfects equipment after every use. That said, it can’t hurt to arm yourself with wipes and hand sanitizer of your own, too. And, since social distancing is still important, make sure to keep your Safe Six distance. Choose equipment that no one else is near to give yourself the least chance of breathing in what someone else is breathing out.

3.  While getting together with friends (at a Safe Six distance, of course) is starting to happen again, you might want to think about revamping your greetings and departures. (See 5 Safe Six-Approved Greetings) Gone are the days of handshakes and hugs. Here are the days of hat tips and virtual high-fives.  And those birthday party get-togethers? Well, when it comes to blowing out the candles, on the cake, we suggest you opt for fanning out the flames with your hand or something else. Don’t worry you’ll still get your wish – and your friends won’t get anything they didn’t bargain for!

4.  Sporting events are a whole new ball game when it comes to social distancing rules. And to be honest, many sports are figuring things out on the fly. Our advice to you: if you think it’s safe to participate in a sport while still keeping your Safe Six distance, go for it. It’s a great outlet physically, and emotionally. If you plan to attend a sporting event, make sure to wear your Safe Six Face Mask and keep your distance from other fans. Most sporting venues have already marked off appropriate seating for patrons, so you won’t your pool noodle or measuring tape to stake your territory on your own.

Yes, life as we know it is changing, but armed with some common sense, a vat of hand sanitizer, and of course, some Safe Six apparel to show the world where you stand on social distancing, we’re confident that the transition to this new norm will be smoother and easier than you imagined.

Stay safe and keep practicing Safe Six!