We’ve reached the end of the road, December, the month of holidays and celebrations. Things are gradually returning to normal as restrictions are eliminated. It is now possible for people to travel to see their family and friends. However, because the COVID -19 pandemic is far from ending, individuals should continue to take precautions to safeguard those who are more vulnerable. If you plan on celebrating the Christmas holidays, please follow these guidelines to keep everyone safe.
- Social Distancing: Aside from limiting the number of guests from various families, ensure that everyone is at least 6 feet apart at all times. Also, ensure that the guests do not embrace or shake each other’s hands.
- Hand Hygiene And Face Masks: Use pandemic safety precautions such as wearing a mask, social distancing, and frequent handwashing if you’re hosting a gathering where individuals from outside your home will be present. It’s important to remember that the infection takes roughly 14 days to show symptoms. Someone with COVID-19 could attend the conference and spread the virus to others if no measures are taken.
- Small Get-Togethers: If your family is used to spending the Christmas holidays with friends, you should keep the gathering small this year. According to anecdotal evidence, the infection is spread through home gatherings. This is because we assume our family members are not infected, therefore we are less concerned about taking precautions in their presence. If it’s truly required, you gather your family and friends to celebrate, inviting only those in your social circle who are devoted to pandemic preparedness. Also, by opening doors and windows, ensure that your home is well-ventilated.
- Decrease The Number Of People In The Kitchen: If you like to cook, you’re aware that the holidays are when we get to show off our talents. However, in a large kitchen this year, the number of people should be limited to two or three. Also, make sure the kitchen is well-ventilated to avoid perspiration, which aids in the spread of the virus. Just one or two people should serve the food, and they should do so while wearing a mask. The presence of a server guarantees that just one person comes into contact with the serving spoon, preventing the spread of infection.
- Celebrate In The Open Air: You can host the party outside if you have a large backyard, giving your guests as much space as possible to practice social distancing. Outside, the fresh air guarantees that no one sweats and that people are free to go around without colliding. If it’s cold outside, use fire pits to keep everyone warm. If it’s a little chilly outside, you can set up a tent, but make sure one side is open for ventilation because a four-sided tent would hinder air circulation.
- Virtual Gatherings: Thanks to digital technology, everything is now possible; you can video chat with your family and friends no matter where they are. You can celebrate with your own family at home. As a result, you can use Zoom or Skype to have a virtual party with other family members and friends.
- Send Gratitude Notes To Friends And Family: Gratitude and expressions of affection can have a significant impact on your health and well-being. If you can’t be together in December, compose gratitude cards for your family, friends, and coworkers and mail them. Include a photograph. The act of composing and mailing these notes can considerably enhance your attitude.
- Put A Unique Touch: “The best way to celebrate the Christmas holidays is to celebrate at home with your family” according to the CDC, which means huge Christmas gatherings with extended family, friends, and coworkers will be canceled. However, there are still ways to spread happiness. If hosting a Christmas game night is a yearly ritual, consider taking it online, where you can find virtual versions of everything from classic board games to escape rooms. Even if we don’t get to wear our Christmas best, an ugly sweater party could add some chuckles to a virtual get-together. You can also adhere to the New York City Vaccination Policy. Although we may not adhere to all of the rules at home, it is better for you and your family. Ascertain that each guest has received at least one dose of the vaccine. People who have been fully vaccinated may have a vaccination card.
To summarise, follow these safety precautions from Christmas to New Year to avoid spreading COVID-19 to your friends and family. For more information, contact us.