The COVID-19 pandemic has led to the creation of some strict regulations. These rules cause some families and friends to part ways longer than usual. The longer people are disconnected from loved ones, the more they miss them. This has caused some emotional trauma to some families. As a recent wave of new COVID-19 cases emerges, socialization becomes increasingly difficult again.
Exceptions That Call for Celebration
With special occasions, such as weddings and funerals, some exceptions must be made. It is necessary to have a way of hosting a small group of close friends and family without endangering their health.
Arnold, a neighbor, and good friend, was soon to get a criminal record expunction after the court dismissed his case based on hearsay – this prompted him to seek help with finding an excellent way to celebrate his new lease on freedom. According to his research, the following are ways you can host a party safely during a pandemic.
How to Ensure Safe Lockdown Gatherings
1. Minimize the Guest List
Fewer the better, it is essential to reduce the guest list to as few people as possible. The fewer the people, the easier it is to follow the social distancing measures. The invited guests should as much as possible be coming from the same household or those who have tested negative from the COVID-19 virus.
As a precautionary measure, it is important to have a sanitizing station near the entrance equipped with either an alcohol based sanitizer or soap and running water.
2. Include a Virtual Attendance Option
A good way of hosting people without breaking any rules or exposing people to COVID-19 risks is having a virtual meeting either through Skype, Zoom or Google Meet. These online platforms will provide a safer non-contact meeting place and can be used for both formal and informal communications.
It will be more fun for all the attendees as they will be in the comfort of their homes, have the pleasure of seeing their loved ones and still keep themselves safe from the virus.
3. Be Time-Conscious
The longer you stay in gatherings, the higher the chances are of exposing yourself to COVID-19. The longer you stay around big crowds, the higher your chances of ignoring safety measures, especially whenever alcohol is involved. Henceforth, be sure to have a time limit.
Irrespective of how long your gathering is, your risk of exposure to the virus increases by the minute. Avoid letting your party drag beyond curfew hours.
4. Keep It Outdoors
Social distancing means keeping at least six feet space between yourself and others. Therefore, hosting a party in your home isn’t a great idea unless you live in a house with enough space to accommodate guests in accordance with the COVID-19 safety guidelines.
Your party strategy should be to keep your guests in an outdoor area as much as possible. You’ll need to think about ways to provide everything your guests may need outside, including furniture, blankets, coolers for your drinks, and plastic plates and cups.
5. Encourage BYOB & BYOF
Encourage people to bring their own food and drink as much as possible. Be it bottles, food or snacks, BYOB (Bring Your Own Beer) and BYOF (Bring Your Own Food) gives your guests the freedom to do whatever pleases them. This practice can help to avoid cross contamination brought about by sharing.
Follow the Guidelines and Enjoy Some Socializing
Once in a while, we can’t help the desire to meet and socialize with other people; it is human nature. You should figure out the limits set by your state or locality before planning a gathering.
It is also very important to consider the wellbeing of your guests. If they are older, diabetic or immunocompromised, they are more at risk. Respect people’s decisions. If they are inhibited and opposed to the idea of meeting, let them be.