Have Yourself a Covid New Year | Golden Rules Gal

Category: New Year's Etiquette Pandemiquette

Three buzz words will get you through the holiday season:  location, duration and guests.  Translation:  outdoors, short and small.  Time is still our enemy, even with a vaccine in our not-so-distant future.  It won’t happen before the new year and now is not the time to let your guard down.  Virus fatigue has set in, and families may have to put their holiday celebrations on hold.

Here are some ways to plan your holiday get-togethers:

  1. Location:  Make it Outdoors. If not, you may be an inadvertent virus spreader. Staying at home is the best way to protect yourself and others.  Celebrate, but only with those that live in your immediate household, and don’t forget to ventilate.
  2. Duration:  Make it Short.   The longer the gathering, the greater the risk.  Instead of a drawn out gathering, consider a meal only.   Mask up until the meal is served, keep your distance and wash your hands often.
  3. Guests:  Make it  Small.  The greater number of guests mean potential  exposure; that’s when we put ourselves and others at risk.  The sneaky part about the virus is that we can have it and be asymptomatic. 
  4. Assess Your Risk  The CDC has made it very clear that virus numbers are spiking.  There are too many unknown risk factors when we leave the comfort of our own home, so play it safe.  If you have any symptoms, stay home. http://www.cdc.gov
  5. Food Sharing.  Take precautions.  Avoid using shared utensils or buffet style dining.  Always prepare food with gloves and a mask, and disinfect along the way to ensure safety for everyone.
  6. Safety First.  Encourage your guests to follow the rules.  If you have to email them ahead of time or even post them, so be it.  There is a great deal of trust that comes when hosting a gathering during a pandemic.  Make things Covid clear to keep your guests safe.

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