Nobody really wants to be quarantined, especially as the weather gets nicer since spring is here. Colorado is known for its great weather and lots of sunshine and people want to be out and about, spending time with friends and just getting out and doing things after a long winter. As of right now, Montrose is not under strict quarantine orders so you can still go out but you need to practice social distancing and stay within the general area as much as possible. Need some ideas for what to do around Montrose and in your own home? I’m here to help with some ideas!

Social Distancing and Quarantine During the Coronavirus Outbreak

Many have been disappointed to see that many events and other gatherings have been canceled. This is a part of social distancing and is necessary to stop or slow down the spread of the virus, allowing health care facilities to better care for everyone. Social distancing involves purposefully distancing themselves from others to avoid even unknowingly spreading illness. Proper social distancing means keeping a distance of at least 6 feet away from people and avoiding contact with people who do not live with you.

As we are not under a strict quarantine right now, you can still go outside! If you are going outside though, now is not the time to meet up with your friend groups. Keep a distance of at least 6 feet from other people that may be out and about. Be sure to avoid areas where there may be a lot of people and avoid touching surfaces. Now is the time to go outside, hike, and hit up the less popular trails and outdoor areas while still remaining within your general community.

Things you can do while still practicing social distancing include:

  • going on a hike outside
  • walking the dog
  • riding your bike on the trails
  • playing games in your house
  • doing work in the yard
  • home maintenance and repairs
  • having a video chat with friends and family
  • painting and other crafts
  • gardening and landscape work

 


Getting Outside During the Coronavirus Outbreak

Even though the Black Canyon of the Gunnison is only 20 minutes from Montrose, it is never really packed with a bunch of visitors. The Black Canyon is staying open during the quarantine and right now it is free to get in! The visitor center and public restrooms are closed for the time being though. If you’re in Montrose, you’ve probably been up to the Black Canyon at least a couple of times. So why not do something different while you’re there? Take a picnic lunch or dinner up with you. If you usually go during the day, try going at different times. Go to the Black Canyon at sunset to see the walls lit up with an orange strip of light. Or go during the night to be rewarded with amazing views of the stars and you might even be able to see the Milky Way!

Throughout the town of Montrose, there is the Connect Trail. It’s a paved trail that goes from the Montrose Recreation Center and connects all the way to the Colorado Outdoors area and Mayfly Building. This trail is easy for the whole family and is open for bike rides, walking, running, and even skating. Heading out on the trail is a great option for social distancing as there are no surfaces you need to touch and you can maintain a safe distance from people.

There are also a lot of public lands around Montrose that are managed by the Bureau of Land Management. These BLM lands are usually less visited areas and have a lot of wide-open spaces. Use the Colorado Trail Explorer (aka COTREX) website or app to find a huge variety of trails. The website and app are provided in partnership with the state of Colorado and show a lot of different areas that you may not have known about!

Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park at sunset near Montrose, CO

 


Things to Do Inside

Staying inside doesn’t have to be boring! If you need to stay inside or if we are quarantined in Montrose due to the coronavirus. There are many ways to pass the time. Play a game together with others in your house, it could be board games or video games. If you have the capability, you can even play certain games with your friends by connecting online.

Now is a great time to read a book. One thing you could do is read books that have movies based on them and then after reading the book, watch the movie. You can do this as an individual or as a family in your home. It’s a great way to motivate you and others to read. To keep up with friends, you could also start a virtual book club. Start by all reading a certain book or portion of a book and then tie in through video chat to hang out and discuss it more. If you’re really not into reading, audiobooks of a wide variety of books are available on your phone, tablet, computer, or other devices.

There is always something more to learn. Some colleges such as Yale and MIT offer online courses and other educational tools for free. There’s a variety of education available for free for kids and adults. Is there a new skill you wanted to learn? There’s probably a podcast or YouTube channel for that! Being quarantined is the perfect time to learn more and learning is a great way to keep your mind occupied.

playing games in a house in Colorado during coronavirus quarantine

 


Starting a Business or Working on Building Your Business

This might seem like a weird time to start a business, but when you have a lot more downtime and you can’t go anywhere, it gives you the opportunity to do a lot of research and think things over. What skills do you have that you could offer? Your skills might come easily to you but running a successful business is a whole other skill in itself. You need to learn about permits, business licenses, taxes, marketing, cost of doing business, competitors, and a wide variety of other factors depending on your industry. Now that you have some more time on your hands, now is the time to dig deep and do a lot of research on starting a business and what all is involved.

If you have a business, business is probably a lot slower right now. Historically, the businesses that made it through harder economic times continued to market, advertise, and diversify. Continue to work at your business and get the word out there. Even if people aren’t buying from you or using your services right now, you’ll be at the top of their minds when the time is right.

 


 

Staying at home and practicing social distancing during the coronavirus outbreak can be hard. But if you keep busy with fun things to do and projects to keep you occupied, it doesn’t have to be boring! Luckily Montrose has a lot of things to do and areas close by where you can get outside and enjoy the fresh air. I love being able to call Montrose home. Are you ready to make it your home? Contact me to learn about available real estate for sale in Montrose, Colorado!