(Last Updated On: March 29, 2023)

5 Tips for Hosting During COVID

Is it Safe to Get Together because of Coronavirus and its Variants?

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By Becky Dotson

12 min read

This post has been updated to include current information about the Omicron variant of COVID-19. We encourage you to consult the CDC’s website for the latest information and guidelines related to COVID-19 pandemic.

Getting people together and keeping them safe from a highly transmissible virus is a tall order. With evidence showing that the recent surge of COVID-19 cases is driven by the Omicron variant, which is at least twice as contagious as the Delta variant, it’s essential to take every precaution necessary. Before hosting a gathering during the coronavirus pandemic, it’s important to consider the latest recommendations for doing so safely and make sure your guests are clear about any expectations you may have. Here we offer some tips that can help keep you and your guests safer during these uncertain times.

Hosting During COVID
Small Gatherings

Plates, cups, and napkins aren’t going to be enough this year. You’ll want to have plenty of supplies on hand to make your guests feel safe and protected so they can fully enjoy themselves.

  • Make sure your bathrooms are well stocked with soap. You don’t want to run out.
  • Have hand sanitizer stations throughout your party space and home where guests can have quick and easy access to it.
  • Wherever there’s hand sanitizer, make sure there is a box of tissues, too. A typical holiday season is full of sneezes and coughs, so make it easy for your guests to be able to grab tissues should they need one.
  • Consider temperature checks at the door. There are plenty of non-contact, infrared thermometers on the market. And at this point, most guests have either encountered or are familiar with this practice and won’t think anything about it.
  • Make distance markers to lay around on the floor for everyone to understand how far apart they need to be to stay safe – six feet or two arm lengths away.
  • Require masks and have extra disposable ones on hand. You never know when someone may drop theirs or get it dirty and need a fresh one.
  • If music will be on during your party, keep the volume at a minimum or ditch the music completely. Background noise can force your guests to talk louder than usual, which can send respiratory droplets further into the air.
  • Hold off on the hugging and handshakes. Fist bumps and head nods are more appropriate this year.

There’s no doubt about it — the virus is serious. Many Americans have died from it, and even more, have gotten sick with it. So, it’s certainly nothing to joke about. But we can embrace and enjoy the situation we are faced with and the precautions we have to take. Years from now, this will be a time in our lives we look back on and say ‘remember when….’ Who knows… this may end up being your best holiday party ever!