Face it folks, everything — restaurants, bars, gyms, theaters, casinos — is now closed for at least 30 days or about April 15, with no guarantee that closures won’t be extended. So the world situation has cancelled your weekend, not to mention, this week or even next month’s plans. Just because you’re avoiding crowds doesn’t mean you have to socially “isolate”, go stir crazy or resort to Netflix or Disney+ binges everyday (though Baby Yoda and The Mandalorian do give us hope). Staying active can even help you keep the coronavirus at bay, not to mention keep you from going bonkers when the walls start to close in.
While we have a lengthy list of events and venues that are closed, if you are healthy and feeling fine, there are a few ways that to get out and about, support local businesses, and even be a little social while the area takes a step back. Obviously those who are elderly, at risk or with underlying medical conditions should continue to lay low and minimize contact.
Here’s what’s open (always subject to change). Let us know what you find as well. Email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Douglas County Libraries remain open for now, but most events are cancelled. Gates Tennis Center , the state’s largest public tennis facility, is staying open for now. They are open 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. daily and courts are available for public usage. Reservations suggested. Check their site for the latest details.
Gardening. Everyone else is at hardware stores for the face masks, but we’re shopping for the terra cotta pots and seeds. Get a jump on spring. If you put in a little work (and the weather holds), you can harvest some vegetables and enjoy flowers (tulips will be coming up soon) by the time the coronavirus pandemic passes.
Gyms. City rec centers may be closed, but health clubs such as 24 Hour Fitness, Chuze Fitness, Planet Fitness and others remain open. Did you abandon that New Year’s resolution to get moving? Now’s your excuse for a do-over. Look into day passes or even free trial days. Just be sure you sanitize your equipment before and after your workout.
Hiking & Biking Trails. The Denver Metro Area has a wonderful system of long, inter-connected, multi-use trails that provide endless miles of walking, biking in and enjoying nature in the open air. Go Hike Colorado has all the details on every place from the High Line Canal Trail to the Sand Creek Greenway.
Outdoor Playgrounds . We have a list of the 10 “best” ones in the metro area, along with a link to a site that offers a book and an app with 700+ public playgrounds around Denver. To avoid potential exposure to germs, you may want to stay away from the super-crowded ones, wipe down things like jungle gyms or other plastic surfaces (or encourage the kids to just run around) and make sure your little ones wash their hands thoroughly once they get done playing. Restaurants are putting extra cleaning protocols in place to ensure guests and workers can feel safe. However, Denver Mayor Michael Hancock has ordered Denver restaurants and bars to close their seating areas for the next eight weeks — through May 11. Takeout and delivery services will still be available. Check out our list of daily food & drink specials and/or restaurants where kids eat FREE.