Having a Party in a Pandemic Without Breaking the Rules


The ongoing health crisis has changed the way we celebrate. You’ve probably seen a lot of posts on social media about how different folks celebrated different events in different ways.

For instance, while a lot of weddings have been canceled or postponed, those who decided to push through with their scheduled wedding date made necessary adjustments. Some had to drastically edit their guests’ list to keep the number of attendees small. Doing this allowed them to enjoy the milestone with people around yet still practice social distancing. Others have taken their weddings online via Zoom or livestream, giving their guests the link to join them in their union.

That is just one of the many ways people have changed the way they party. While social distancing is still encouraged and observed on a global scale, it is possible to throw a party without violating any pandemic-induced rules and guidelines.

The Safety Measures

Until we’re clear of this coronavirus pandemic and we have the cure and vaccine, we should still adhere to the COVID-19 safety protocols recommended by the WHO and CDC.

Masks should be worn at all times, and a considerable distance should be maintained between you and other people. Frequent hand washing should still be observed; hand sanitation stations should be well-spread around the venue. It should be done outdoors and not in enclosed and cramped areas.

The Guest List

As far as guest lists are concerned, there will be some big changes with your invites. You should make sure that the number of your guests will not make it difficult to maintain physical distancing. That being said, jam-packed parties are out of the question.

For instance, if you’re throwing a kiddie birthday party, your guests will only include your child’s friends and one parent each. Invitations will no longer be extended to siblings of their friends or adults with no kids. Family members are, of course, still invited. However, those who are aged 60 and above should be encouraged to sit this one out and stay home instead.

You can stream the party live on social media or call them via Zoom or Messenger so that they can still join the celebration.

The Food

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In a pre-pandemic world, we’re all used to just getting food from the buffet line by ourselves, sometimes going back for seconds (and thirds!). However, because of the threat of the coronavirus, it is best if you avoid having two-touch points. You can distribute single-serve plates with everything on it or have it preset on tables to minimize the guests from going around. This way, you remain in control of foot traffic.

The Entertainment

Entertainment will depend on the occasion you’re celebrating. If it’s a kiddie party, you can hire a magician to wow kids with amazing tricks. You can adapt to whatever is needed, provided you still follow the safety protocols.

At the very least, sound system rentals should be one of your priorities. After all, what’s a party without music, right?

If you’re throwing a party, be sure to keep it safe for everyone who’s coming. Don’t throw caution to the wind just because you want to enjoy and have fun. It is possible to enjoy a party and still be responsible.

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