Many events this weekend have been canceled as a precaution for the spread of COVID-19, but don't worry: There are still things to do. These events have taken extra precautions and are still going forward.
Get ready for the great outdoors
Summer is right around the corner and it’s time to get ready for the great outdoors.
The Big Outdoors Expo will bring together exhibitors representing various outdoor activities including hunting, fishing, camping, hiking, climbing, mountain biking, river rafting, golfing, water sports and more.
Outdoor enthusiasts can attend the expo from noon to 9 p.m. Friday or 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday at the UCCU Center at UVU (800 W. University Parkway, Orem). Tickets are $10 for adults, $5 for 65 and older, and those 17 years of age and under are free.
With the threat of the coronavirus, The Big Outdoors Expo has made precautions for the event including asking those who are not feeling well to stay home, and those in attendance to not shake hands or initiate any physical contact at the expo.
They are also adding hand sanitizing stations in at least 20 locations throughout the venue, as well as having employees regularly wash and sanitize any touch points in the building.
Go to one of the Thanksgiving Point museums
Thanksgiving Point's Ag Day celebration scheduled for Saturday has been postponed, but the museums will all remain open with regular hours.
Thanksgiving Point is taking extra precautions for coronavirus prevention in all areas of the venue, including increased hand sanitizing stations placed throughout the venue, encouraging guests and employees to stay home if they don't feel well, and signage to encourage hand washing.
They will also be doing regular cleaning inside each Thanksgiving Point building, including increased attention during operating hours and deep cleaning while closed. The venue is also working to increase circulation in the buildings to maintain fresh air.
Enjoy a show
SCERA’s high school company, Acting UP, will stage “Just So” starting this week. The show takes a wild side with a musical safari based on Rudyard Kipling’s jungle stories.
The show starts its run Friday, with shows at 7:30 p.m. Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays through March 28. Tickets range from $8-$10.
The audiences for the shows will be limited to 100 people, per state recommendations.
Head to University Place this weekend to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with the 2020 Lucky Laces 5K Walk.
As of Thursday, the previously planned health fair portion of the event has been canceled, but the mall walk is scheduled to continue.
Each registered 5K participant also will get free swag, and there will be adult and kid costume contests.
The walk starts at 9 a.m. with check-in at 8:30 a.m at the north end of University Place (575 E. University Parkway, Orem). Registration is $2 per participant. Those under the age of 5 or in strollers do not need to register.
Take a hike
The weather may be a bit cooler this weekend, but if you are looking for a way to get outside and still practice safe social isolation, hiking is a great activity. Bonus: increasing your vitamin D intake from the sun is known to help prevent viruses!