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Entertaining during a Pandemic
Entertaining during a Pandemic:
It’s a new year and all of us want nothing more than to be with our loved ones and mark special events with celebrations. Living normally, like we remember, pre-pandemic. But we are still in the middle of the COVID-19 pandemic. Cases continue to climb, more people still getting sick, needing to be hospitalized and even dying from this virus.
It is critical to take many precautions when hosting or attending any type of gathering during this time. During a pandemic, party favors definitely look different.
How to keep your loved ones safe while entertaining?
-Have masks, cleaning supplies and hand sanitizer on hand.
If you’re hosting a gathering, provide a face mask for each of your guests. They should wear it during their entire visit, except when they are actively drinking or eating.
Providing cleaning supplies and hand sanitizer for guests to use is also a good idea for everyone’s safety. If you are a guest attending a gathering, be sure to bring these supplies in case the host or other guests have not thought of it.
Make social distancing as easy as possible
Even with your loved ones, practicing social distancing is critical in terms of stopping the spread of this virus. Social distancing means staying at least six feet away from those outside your immediate household.
-Host your gathering in your backyard if you can. When your guests are outdoors, they will have more space to practice social distancing. Studies thus far have shown that COVID-19 doesn’t spread as much when people are outdoors. The air also dilutes any virus particles more quickly when people are outside.
Remind your guests to greet each other with a smile or wave rather than a hug or handshake. Consider making and posting signs about this throughout your event.
Keep your guest list small
At this time, community regulations about gatherings are changing as we see a spike in COVID-19 cases. When attending or hosting any gatherings, first make sure your plans do not conflict with your local government’s guidance. Keep your guest list as small as possible. If any of your guests are not feeling well or think they may have been exposed to COVID-19, tell them not to come.
Keep the list of your guests for the weeks to come. That way, if one of them does come down with COVID-19, you’ll be ready to help assist with any contact tracing for your guests.
Food safety is key
The safer option with a gathering is to avoid serving any food at all.
However, if you do decide to provide food, instead of a buffet, designate one person to serve the food to everyone else. When preparing the food, have everyone else stay away from the grill or kitchen.
Single-serve packets are important during a pandemic. This goes for condiments as well as food items, like chips. Disposable utensils, cups and plates are also great. Consider setting up a cooler full of drinks so people can serve themselves.
Keep your bathroom clean
Guests will need to wash their hands throughout their visit to help keep germs at bay. Providing a hand-washing station outside of your bathroom is the best option for this. If this is not possible, you’ll need to set some ground rules for your bathroom.
Replace cloth towels with paper towels for single use. Have cleaning supplies available so guests can wipe down light switches, sinks, doorknobs and toilet handles after they’re done. Also, make sure your guests never form a line by your bathroom.
Do you really need to host or attend this gathering?
The second wave of COVID-19 cases is upon us. so if you are going to celebrate take a moment and ask yourself, “do I really need to host or attend this event?”
Staying home with your immediate household members is the best way to keep everyone safe. This is especially true for individuals who are at high risk with COVID-19.
Consider other ways to connect with one another, such as texting, video chatting or phone calls. While this is not the same as in-person gatherings, it keeps all of your loved ones as safe as possible.
Virtual entertainment is a great option. If you do provide live entertainment, it should encourage social distancing and safety.
During the pandemic, ALL FOR A FACE provides face painting for groups of less than 10 quests. Masks are required. We feature special designs for the forehead made to accommodate your mask. Limited contact, Air brush or traditional painting. Hosts are responsible to provide social distancing.
We hope these tips help you begin thinking about adding face paint to your next event. If you need any help getting started or recommendations to make your party one to remember, please don’t hesitate to call us here at All for A Face! We are professional face & body artists who specialize in delighting your guests with colorful festive face painting at corporate and private events! Our party experts have been helping people party throughout the Nashville area.
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