After months of self isolation, stay at home recommendations have finally been lifted in Massachusetts and people are desperate to start socializing. It’s important to remember that Coronavirus dangers have not disappeared. Large gatherings are still not a good idea, but smaller gatherings with precautions can help minimize risks. Here are a few tips for socially distant gatherings amid a pandemic.
Keep It Outdoors
Avoid indoor gatherings. Outdoor gatherings offer better air circulation. It may also be easier to stay at least 6 feet apart from others in outdoor spaces, versus confined rooms indoors. After months of being stuck indoors, take advantage of the warm weather and summer sun!
Make it a BYO
To minimize exposure from touched surfaces, consider having a Bring-Your-Own type gathering. People can bring their own chairs, food and drinks and set up 6 feet apart from one another. This is the best way to hold socially distant gatherings amid a pandemic. You can still enjoy great company with less exposure.
Establish Safe Bathroom Use Procedures
Even with outdoor gatherings, guests still need to access your home for things like bathroom use. To minimize risks, designate just one bathroom for guest usage (preferably one that’s near an entrance to your home). Place hand sanitizer right outside the entrance to the home so that guests can use it before entering and after exiting. Inside of the bathroom, use paper towels instead of a hand towel. Ask guests to put on face masks as well. Before and after your event, sterilize all areas accessible to guests.
More Tips on Socially Distant Gatherings Amid a Pandemic
Socially distant gatherings amid a pandemic are still risky, but you can take the steps above to minimize some of those risks. In addition to the above, be sure to screen guests ahead of time. Ask whether they have traveled recently, have any symptoms, or have been in contact with someone who tested positive. It’s best to ask those folks not to attend the event, for everyone’s protection. Just remember that with any events that you host or choose to attend, there’s always a danger of exposure to Coronavirus. No social activity is 100% safe and even taking precautions like those listed above will not eliminate all dangers. Use your best judgement on how much risk you are willing to take given your personal circumstances.