After a very difficult year for everyone, many may have hoped that they could finally see each other during the holidays. However, with an increase of COVID-19 cases—some areas experiencing 1000s a day—it might be a great idea to find an alternative way to celebrate.
This is particularly true for those in the family who are at a higher risk of contracting the virus, like the elderly or those with compromised immune systems.
There are ways that you can all still celebrate without exposure and risk to your health.
Celebrate with those in your home or immediate family who have been tested and not showing any signs of COVID-19. Even driving somewhere will increase your risk of exposure, as you will need to stop for gas, supplies or even emergencies.
Follow Local Guidelines
Stay informed about the latest COVID-19 guidelines and restrictions in your area. Regulations may vary by region, so it’s essential to comply with local health authorities’ recommendations to keep your celebrations safe and in line with public health measures.
If you are having a gathering, make sure everyone is tested before they are allowed in. This is very important, as some people may have been exposed yet show no symptoms.
Wear a Mask
Wear the mask as soon as you leave your home and wear it properly. Make sure everyone else has one on, too. Going to the store for supplies and then to the home of the celebration can still expose people to COVID-19.
Keep Your Distance
Adhere to the social distancing regulations that are in place. Don’t rush in the door and let everyone hug grandma, as that could pass germs on to her. Keep your distance even inside the home.
If you already have several people living in the home, only allow a few more people over, if it is deemed necessary. Too many people will only increase your chances of exposure.
Get everyone together for a video dinner. It is a great way for everyone to see each other, have a nice long chat and still stay safe. You can even enjoy a traditional dinner together with all your favorite foods.
If some family members are unable to prepare dinner, make it for them and deliver it to them. Sharing your traditional dishes online is still a great way to eat together.
Personalized Care Packages
For family members who can’t attend in person, put together personalized care packages. Include heartfelt notes, small gifts, and holiday treats. It’s a thoughtful way to show your love and ensure they feel connected to the celebration, even from afar.
Give the Gift of Safety
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