This year as we start to welcome the holiday season there is a lot more on our minds than just turkey and the perfect present.
We are all wondering how the holidays will look this year.
Can we still get together? Do we have to wear protective items? Is it safe for Grandma and Grandpa to come over? Should we travel for the holidays?
Whether you are hosting or planning to attend a holiday gathering there are several ways to minimize your risk for illness.
Take It Outside
Celebrate outdoors if possible, if the weather in the area permits.
Gatherings that are held outdoors are generally safer for all attendees. Plus it gives you a chance to try out your turkey fryer!
Keep It Small
Keep the celebration short and sweet and limit the number of guests.
Smaller gatherings help reduce your risk and exposure to illness. Remind your guests that if they have any signs of illness, they should skip the gathering and stay home.
Maintain the Distance
Be aware of your proximity to others and limit physical interactions such as kisses, hugs, and handshakes.
Maintaining a safe distance between yourself and other attendees will keep everyone safer and reduce risk and exposure.
Take Personal Precautions
Keep hand sanitizer readily available and wash your hands frequently.
Frequent hand washing, covering your mouth when coughing or sneezing, and being aware of your surroundings and proximity to others, will help to keep you safe and reduce your risk of getting sick.
Enjoy Our Loved Ones
This year the holidays will probably look different in every household. We will all attempt to find a "new normal" that works for our family.
While safety and prevention are at the top of our minds it is also important that we have this time to enjoy our loved ones and celebrate this time of year. We wish you all a safe and healthy holiday season!