The Fourth of July is normally one the biggest party weekends of the year! Between family barbecues, going to the beach, seeing fireworks, and more, events are normally crowded. Obviously, this year needs to be a little different. However, the CDC understands that Americans want to reconnect with family and friends by attending events, so they came up with a list of things to do to stay as safe as possible. Here are some tips on how to stay safe if you decide to attend or host a barbecue this weekend:
- Remind guests to say home if they have been exposed to COVID-19 in the last 14 days or are showing any COVID-19 symptoms. Anyone who has had close contact with a person who has COVID-19 or lives with those with higher risk should also stay home.
- Keep a list of guests who attended for future contract tracing needs.
- Host your gathering outdoors! If it’s rainy, make sure your space is well-ventilated (open your windows!) and has enough space for all your guests to social distance.
- Arrange table and chairs to allow for social distancing. Remember, people from the same household can be close together but must remain 6 feet away from other families.
- If you plan on having activities, consider those where distancing can be maintained. Like Kan Jam, cornhole, or sidewalk chalk art for the kids!
- When guests arrive, just wave, and say hi. No touching!
- Wear a mask if less than 6 feet apart or indoors.
Are you the host?
- Consider providing face coverings for guests or ask them to bring their own.
- Have plenty of hand sanitizer for your guests. Make sure there is enough soap!
- Use single-use paper towels.
- Want to limit the number of people handling or serving food? Assign someone to serve all food OR ask your guests to bring their own food and drinks!
- Make sure the kitchen or place you are serving the food does NOT get overly crowded.
Stay safe this weekend!