The weather’s just right. The economy’s opened just enough. People are ready to get outside, socializing and having fun. All that aside, COVID-19 is still out there and circulating in our communities.
Throwing or attending a party in the current state of the COVID-19 pandemic is challenging though still possible. If you’re looking to host a backyard BBQ, have a summer pool party, or arrange a get-together between a small collection of adults, here are a few tips.
Minimize Your Guest List
Jam-packed parties are the ultimate no-no. If you’re going to have a party, have your guests limited. If not, you risk getting the authorities called on you which is sure to ruin any gathering. Furthermore, it’s the right thing to do to ensure everyone coming is comfortable.
Set Up for Social Distancing
Why we love the idea of a backyard party – among other reasons – is because you have more outdoor space. Set up tables far enough apart to ensure that you can still have a conversation without being physically close.
Avoid Food Platters
Shared food platters are strongly not recommended. Though this can be a buzzkill, have one person preparing the food for everyone or be careful about how you’re distributing whatever’s cooked. You may also want to look at plastic party tableware like plates, cutlery, cups, and napkins. This makes it easy to bag everything at the end of the party and minimize any contamination gathering dishes for a wash.
Outdoor Parties Are the Safest
If you’re having guests over, try to have the party outside. Smaller spaces like inside your home easily become just as contagious as any bar, basement, or club. Though you can contract coronavirus outside, the risk is much, much lower. You won’t be able to get the risk down to nothing but you can get it as close as you can.
Provide COVID-19 Masks
When you go picking up your premium party tableware and other party accessories, add face masks to the haul. Unfortunately, it won’t always be possible to maintain social distancing. Especially if you have to come inside, it’s best for all party-goers to wear a face mask. Not everyone may bring a face mask with them so having extras is a decent idea.
As you’ve seen here, it’s possible to safely throw a party or to have a gathering even with coronavirus numbers continuing to be what they are. Just ensure to follow the rules in your province, take added precautions, know who’s coming, and ensure everyone’s aware of expectations of behaviour. For premium party tableware and other party favourites, check Living.ca.