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How Can I Host Safely During The COVID-19 Pandemic?

Covid 19 Tips Read:

Local COVID-19 trends and guidelines should be taken into account. Take safety measures before, during, and after hosting any type of celebration. Lower the risk by wearing a mask and maintaining a six-foot distance from those outside your household.

Details to Consider Before Hosting

Many families are understandably concerned about Covid-19 and keeping themselves and their families safe. When deciding whether to host and who to invite, first consider:

  • How is COVID-19 trending in your community?
  • How are COVID-19 cases trending in the community where your guests live?
  • Can the gathering be adapted to the outdoors?
  • Can the guest list be trimmed or the gathering split into separate events?
  • What are the Utah Health Department recommended limitations for number of people in a gathering in your community?
  • Are your intended guests taking CDC safety recommendations seriously?

To avoid being exposed to, spreading, or contracting COVID-19 consider structuring the gathering around the rules below:

Strive to maintain a distance of six feet or more from people you don’t live with:

  • Setup seating six-feet apart
  • Let the party spread out, making use of other rooms and outdoor spaces
  • Invite only as many in-person guests as can safely fit in your space

Limit transmission through droplets:

  • While eating, ensure additional distance from others
  • Avoid singing, chanting, or shouting as this can spread the virus farther
  • Do not use costume masks as a replacement of a cloth mask
  • Set up a make-your-own mask station where young guests can decorate a new mask

Frequently clean commonly touched surfaces and items:

  • Have one or two people dish food for guests; wearing masks and gloves
  • Provide single-serve plates, utensils, and cups

Wash hands often:

  • Stock your hand-washing area with surface sanitizer, disposable paper towels, and a hand sanitizer outside the door. Clean the bathroom often during your gathering.
  • Direct guests to wash hands before and after activities like games or eating.