From hitting the bar to playing tennis: Everyday activities ranked by risk

If you've wondered why somebody can't just make a simple list of which activities are less risky and which pose a greater risk, that list is here. Now let's play some risk-free tennis!

June 9, 2020
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We all want to move forward and see our community, and our world, open up again. (Well, I sure do, anyway.)

But I'm not itching to sit down in a restaurant or stand in a crowd at a concert if it's not safe to do it -- I'll wait if I have to, both for my own personal safety and for the good of all of us. We're all in this together, right?

As our state slowly passes through the Governor's phases and starts to open up again, here's a handy list you can refer to when you're wondering which activities are relatively safe, and which are still on the risky side. The list comes from The Oregonian, and it's called From hair salons to gyms, experts rank 36 activities by coronavirus risk level. They rounded up a team of infectious disease experts who clearly know their stuff.

It's definitely worth checking out the full article because they explain the reasoning behind all the rankings and run down exactly where the risks lie in each activity. But here's the short version -- 10 is the riskiest, 1 is the least risky:

  • 9 Bars
  • 9 Large music concerts
  • 8 Sports stadiums
  • 8 Gyms
  • 8 Amusement parks
  • 8 Churches
  • 8 Buffets
  • 7 Basketball
  • 7 Public pools
  • 7 Schools
  • 6 Casinos
  • 6 Playgrounds
  • 6 Restaurants with indoor seating
  • 6 Hair salons & barber shops
  • 6 Pontoon boat rides
  • 6 Movie theaters
  • 5 Dinner parties at a house
  • 5 Airplanes
  • 5 Backyard barbecues
  • 5 Malls
  • 5 Beaches
  • 5 Bowling
  • 4 Walking in a busy downtown
  • 4 Dentist offices
  • 4 Office
  • 4 Doctor's waiting room
  • 4 Eating outside at a restaurant
  • 3 Getting groceries
  • 3 Camping
  • 3 Hotels
  • 3 Golfing
  • 3 Libraries & museums
  • 2 Going for a walk, a run, or a bike ride with others
  • 2 Pumping gas
  • 1 Getting takeout from a restaurant
  • 1 Playing tennis (I've been saying this all along -- why can't we play tennis? You're like 75 feet from the other person, unless you're playing doubles!)

We're all about moving forward here, which is why we have a page and a hashtag (#movePNWforward) but we want to be safe and smart so we don't have to step back and start all over again.

Here's the link, again:  From hair salons to gyms, experts rank 36 activities by coronavirus risk level