With the holidays fast approaching and things looking radically different this year than any year in the past as far as gathering in groups, we thought it was a good idea to go over the CDC rules and recommendations for having holiday parties this year as we still battle the global Coronavirus pandemic. 

First, it’s important to note that even if you are feeling fine and don’t have a temperature or symptoms, there is a chance you could be carrying the virus and spread it to other vulnerable populations such as elderly grandparents and family members or those with autoimmune diseases. 

Since the disease has been found to spread through droplets in the air simple close contact without masks could lead to spreading of the virus. Social distancing orders and mandates to stop close social gatherings of large groups are a tool to help stop the spread as new vaccine administering is just getting underway in the U.S.

In light of all this, here is a quick look how your 2020/2021 Holiday celebrations should be planned.

Try Virtual Gatherings

With all of the changes COVID-19 has brought to our lives, people are now using technology more than ever. Video conferencing apps like Zoom have really taken off and made it possible for work meetings, school classrooms and even catching up with family and friends possible. Why not open up a special time for virtual holiday gatherings too. It can be a time to wish each other well for the holiday season and still see one another face to face without risking any spread of the virus. 

Keep Things Small & Intimate 

If you do plan to host a gathering you should follow all local and state mandates for these events. In addition to keeping the headcount smaller you should also consider things like where the people you’re inviting are coming from. Do they have high infection rates in their communities? How will they be traveling? Airports, buses and other methods? Will the event be outdoors in open air? How long will the event last? Will your guests social distance when not eating? All of these factors can play a critical role. 

Stay Home if You Are At Risk

While there are some people who can take the risk and attend an in person event, you should be aware of your own situation and plan responsibly. If you are someone who is at risk for severe illness then you should plan to stay home and not have contact with people who don’t live in your same household. Likewise if you know you have been exposed to COVID-19, have a family member test positive in the last 14 days or are awaiting your own results, you should not be attending any in-person gatherings this year. 

The holiday season is time for togetherness and cheer and we want to be sure you’re doing so safely as we navigate through these important social distancing mandates. Making the best of the season and finding new ways to connect instead will help keep everyone safe. 

Happy Holidays from everyone at Pertuzelo Insurance.