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5 of the Safest In-Person Team Building Activities During COVID

Coming out of the pandemic, and adjusting to normal life as everyone gets vaccinated is an ongoing process. The current COVID situation is still highly uncertain, and there is varying levels of risk highly dependent on location and infection rate in different locations. 

That said, the human need for connection and in-person activities remains unchanged. Getting back to normality, meeting people, and laying the foundations of new friendships look different for everyone.

 It’s important to consider individual preferences when planning in-person team-building activities during COVID. That’s why we’ve rounded up 5 of the safest live in-person team building activities available across ateam  wide variety of locations. When planning an event for the last half of 2021, take a look at the ideas below for inspiration for something safe, and fun that will bond your group together. There’s something for everyone no matter what your preferences are!


  1. Take your team’s tastebuds on an adventure with Sidewalk Food Tours

Taco Tasting on Food Tour

There’s no better way to experience delicious food and bond your team together than an adventure with Sidewalk food tours. As they largely take place outdoors, this is one of the safest live in-person team building activities during COVID that still makes for a fun and memorable day out. 

The best thing about Sidewalk food tours is the natural passion and enthusiasm of the local guides, and the wide variety of delicious food on offer. All our guides are friendly and extremely knowledgeable- they genuinely love what they do and are committed to passing their passion for their city onto the members of your team. Whether you’re looking for history, pizza, beer, street food, our food specific to a city’s cultural district, there’s truly something for everyone on offer.


  1. Get to know your team and put your wits to the test with a scavenger hunt


Scavenger hunts are a fantastic way to get to know your team members, and one of the safest live in-person team building activities during COVID, thanks to the largely outdoor nature of the activities. 

The most fun thing about completing a scavenger hunt is the fact that it relies on teamwork to be successful. Scavenger hunts are a great way to get to know both a new city and each other at the same time. They involve following intriguing and challenging clues, allowing you to solve problems, and take a tour at the same time. It’s an excellent way to gain memories and put trust in your teammates, helping you all feel closer together over a short period of time. 


  1. Try an adventurous outdoor axe throwing activity with Team Bonding

Target Practice

This activity certainly isn’t for the faint-hearted, but at the same time, it’s likely to be one you can’t forget! As an outdoor team building activity, it is one of the safest live in-person team building events you can organize during the COVID-19 pandemic. 

The activity includes fun and welcoming team ice breakers to help members of your group feel comfortable and at ease. There is then a short safety briefing and two-handed and single-handed practice lessons. Once your team is comfortable, the tournament will begin, with the most accurate axe thrower being crowned the winner! 

This is a fantastic, safe, live in-person team-building activity that is likely to be unlike anything you’ve ever tried before. The thrilling and exhilarating atmosphere will allow your team to empower each other and build trust together like never before! 


  1. Relax and get to know your team while discovering some of the best bars within your city

Drinks with Friends

In contrast to bold quests and athletic tournaments, sometimes the only thing your team needs is a relaxing drink and a chance to get to know each other in a laid-back, casual environment. Despite what you may think, a bar crawl is actually one of the many safe, live in-person team building activities during COVID, with many bars adhering to strict hygiene and social distancing protocols. 

The best part about a team-building bar crawl is that it allows your group to discover new favorite spots within the city, while also seeing local historical landmarks and spots. It is a great casual, low-key way to make memories and build new friendships amongst a team.


  1. Work together in an unforgettable quest with an Escape Room Challenge

a bunch of items that are sitting on a table

Escape rooms have recently become popular in a big way- and for a good reason. They are undoubtedly one of the most fun and unique team-building activities. 

During COVID-19, escape rooms are one of the safest, live in-person team building activities, and most now operate adhering the strict protocols. You can easily plan multiple escape room challenges, allowing your team to break down into smaller groups and get to know each other better on a more individual level by solving different challenges together. 

The beauty of escape rooms is that they bring out the unique problem-solving skills and talents each of your group members has. Whether it’s words, maths, or anagrams, there’s a chance for everyone to contribute something. The thrilling and exciting atmosphere combined with never quite knowing what to expect quickly helps bring teams together and makes for an unforgettable day out, so book one today and get planning your next team-building adventure!