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How to have a safe and healthy holiday gathering

Living through this year hasn’t been a small feat.  The holiday season is just around the corner and as much as we would like things to be normal this holiday season, things have taken a safety turn this year.

This year a lot more effort has to be put in place to keep us and our guests safe if you will have any around the holidays.

HOW TO HAVE A HEALTHY AND SAFE HOLIDAY

1. GUEST LIST

Limit the number of guests on your invitation list. If you will require to extend beyond your close family, keep it lean. 

Create a guest list with few family members and trusted friends, guests whom you know will strictly abide by your house rules.

The fewer the guests you have, the less the risk you pose to your guests. 

2. PRACTICE SOCIAL DISTANCE

In your seating arrangement, keep your guest one and half meters apart.

This can be achieved easily by spacing the seating arrangement in your sitting room, dining, or in your hosting area.

3. DON’T ALLOW HANDSHAKES AND HUGS

As we all know that holiday seasons are all about families. It is an opportunity for all to gather together, make merry, hug, and shake hands which is the norm. 

With the pandemic amongst us, it would be good to withdraw these gestures for our own safety.  Instead, go for the elbows and leg bump shakes.

4. INSISTS FOR AN ALL ROUND FACEMASK

It is noted that within a  family gathering, it can be extremely hard for people to keep a physical distance for safety.

In such a case, the host may insist on having a house rule where the guests put on their face masks at all times except when eating.

5. EMPHASISE ON HAND WASHING

This is basically mandatory for every one of your guests to wash their hands with soap and running water as often as possible for about 20 seconds. 

In the absence of soap,  guests may use sanitizer that contains 70 percent alcohol volume.

6. DO AWAY WITH THE HAND TOWEL

In most family gatherings the host prefers hanging a towel near a handwashing basin or the bathroom entrance for all to use. This is dangerous during this period of Covid19.

Instead, make good use of disposable paper towels for good hygiene. The disposable tissues are better than the jet dryers at removing any pathogens missed by ineffective washing.

disposable tissue on a rack

7. BUFFET

Forget about the buffet totally.  It would be safer to designate a few people to serve food for the gathering, as opposed to exposing the guests to serve from one buffet serving area.

This might also help to ensure that the food and utensils are not handled by multiple people and the crowding at the buffet tables.  Excluding the buffet, this holiday will also limit how many surfaces guests have to touch.

8. THE USE OF SINGLE-USE ITEMS

Disposable cutlery items shall provide the guests with the reassurance that they will not be handling things that have been touched by several people.  Once these single-use items are used, they should be disposed of. 

9. GATHERING FREE OF ALCOHOL AND DRUG

The use of either alcohol or any drug does lower inhibitions.  This may result in an increase in the laxity of the house rules around the pandemic.

assorted fresh juices

If possible make your holiday gathering an alcohol-free zone for the safety of all guests.