As the country begins to reopen and restrictions are lifted, some parents are beginning to also have less restrictions on their children having play dates with their neighbors and classmates.

Here are the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s recommendations for playdates with friends:

- Limit social interactions: Encourage older children to meet friends outside rather than inside. It’s easier to keep and maintain space between others in outdoor settings like parks.

- Practice social distancing: If you do have small meetups, consider hanging out with another family or friend who is also taking extra cautious measures to distance themselves from others like you. Always try to maintain a 6-foot distance from each other.

- Clean hands often: Make sure children practice preventive behaviors every day like washing their hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. This is especially important every time you are in a public place.

- Open spaces: Families can organize small play dates in big open spaces like parks. Encourage children to take turns and not play simultaneously on equipment.