Limiting the number of people
According to the CDC, gatherings with more people pose more risk than those with fewer people. Although there is no “magic number”, the size of the gathering should be determined based on the ability of attendees to remain 6 feet apart and wear masks.
Location, Location, Location
Location is a huge factor on how risky your gathering will be. For example, outdoor gatherings pose less of a risk than indoor ones. Should you have to keep your holiday gathering indoors, make sure it is in a well-ventilated room with plenty of room to allow for social distancing.
Whether the gathering is outside or inside, attendees should still follow CDC guidelines and wear masks when not eating or drinking, and socially distance as much as possible throughout the event. The more time spent with individuals without a mask, or at least 6 feet distance, drastically increases your risk with COVID as well as other viruses, like the flu.
14 days Prior
So, you’ve already made holiday plans to get together with your friends or family, which is completely understandable. Knowing you have such plans, 14 days prior to the gathering make sure you are limiting contact with outside strangers and activities to help minimize the risk of spreading the virus.
3-4 days Prior
This may be a little over the top, but depending on the event, who might be in attendance, and where you live, consider a COVID test, or even asking others to get one. Some jurisdictions are offering free testing, with promised results in 48 hours.
After all the holiday festivities wind-down its even more important to stay home and avoid contact with those who have increased risk or susceptibility for severe illnesses, such as COVID. Some may even consider getting tested (again?) if they feel uneasy or know they will be around someone that is high risk.
Just because 2020 has been a whirlwind thus far, doesn’t mean you have to sacrifice the holiday season. Make sure to be mindful of the current situation and please behave responsibly by not only keeping you safe and healthy, but also others.
If you would like to learn more on how to safely host or attend gatherings, make sure to check out the most updated and accurate information on the CDC’s website.
** Please Note: Inphonite neither condemns nor condones social gatherings**