For many families, the best part about Christmas is getting to see loved ones and spending time with family and friends. Unfortunately, the COVID-19 pandemic has made Christmas gatherings more challenging. If you do decide to gather together for Christmas this year, you can reduce the overall health risk through responsible safety practices.
Tips for a safe Christmas gathering this holiday season
You and your family can have a safer Christmas gathering by taking precautions in advance, screening for COVID-19 symptoms, social distancing and wearing masks during the gathering and limiting how many people serve food. This should not only help keep everyone safe but should also help people feel more comfortable as well.
Tell guests to social distance before the gathering
The best way to prevent the spread of COVID-19 at your Christmas gathering is to reduce the risk that anyone contracts the virus in the week prior to their visit. Consider sending out a message ahead of time to all guests to stay socially distant from others as much as possible. This should help everyone feel more comfortable and significantly decrease the risk that anyone at the gathering has COVID.
Remind guests to stay home if they have symptoms
On the day of the gathering, be sure to notify everyone that is coming to stay home if they have any COVID-19 symptoms. The most common symptoms of COVID-19 include:
- Loss of taste
- Shortness of breath
- Sore throat
- Muscle aches
If one or more of these symptoms exist, then it is best for the guest to stay home. Most notably, it is important for guests to either take their temperature at home before coming or check temperatures at the door as guests arrive.
Social distance and wear a mask during the gathering
Social distancing and wearing a mask is highly recommended by medical experts as it reduces the risk of transmitting the virus to another person. By doing so, you can prevent an outbreak from occurring in the event one of your guests does have the coronavirus. While the temptation to give every family member a big hug is hard to resist, it may be best to limit hugs as much as possible.
Put out hand sanitizer and have hand soap available
The coronavirus often spreads when the person touches a surface with coronavirus and then their mouth eventually finds their way to their face, leading to the germs getting into the person’s system. To reduce this risk, leave hand sanitizer around your home for the Christmas gathering and ensure there is antibacterial hand soap at every sink.
Limit how many people serve food to reduce touching surfaces
The self-serve buffet line is not the best option for safely serving everyone this Christmas. Instead, consider having one or two people ensure they have clean hands and serve everyone themselves. This reduces the risk of someone with COVID-19 spreading the virus by touching serving spoons, forks, etc.
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