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Taking drives still an option

It has been seven months since Americans began locking down against COVID-19. Many have attempted to get back to “normal” by donning masks, washing hands more frequently and taking a step or two backward sometimes, to maintain social distancing.

But many others have remained cloistered at home, and with good reason. For millions of people who are older and with pre-existing health conditions, any risk of contracting the disease is too much.

If you are among them, you are growing very, very tired of not getting out. A little fun would be nice.

Now is the perfect time of year for that in most parts of the country. It is fall and in some places, the scenery is simply spectacular.

Take a drive. If your car or truck needs gasoline, don’t worry. Nearly all retailers selling fuel have pumps that accept credit and debit cards. There is no need to have any contact with others before you fill up. Many have rubber glove dispensers so customers don’t have to touch pump handles. Take your own, if you like.

Ohio is putting on her fall wardrobe, and according to go-ohio.com/scenic-drives, there are at least 30 possibilities for a road trip to take it in. There are Amish Country options, the Hocking Hills Scenic Byway, the Morgan County Scenic Byway or Ohio River Scenic Route … there are options to fill more than one weekend.

Don’t let COVID-19 hold you prisoner. You can get out, with minimal or no risk of contracting the disease.

A relaxing drive in the country may be the perfect medicine for cabin fever. Try it. We’ll bet you feel better.

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