BLAIRSVILLE, Ga – Everyone’s ready to close the chapter on 2020 and celebrate ringing in 2021, but COVID-19 precautions still need to be taken.
The CDC advises everyone to participate in New Year’s Eve celebrations with those who live in the same household or virtually.
For those celebrating outside of the home, wear a mask, socially distance, wash hands, avoid crowds and poorly ventilated indoor spaces, stay home if sick, and get a flu shot.
Those that host a small gathering need to be upfront with guests to set expectations. The CDC recommends events take place outside or open windows if inside. The areas should be frequently disinfected and extra masks should be on hand for those who don’t have one.
The background music needs to be low, so guests don’t have to shout. COVID-19 has been proven to spread through droplets present in one’s breath and shouting makes it easier to spread the virus.
Guests are asked to bring their own food, utensils, plates, and cups and to only use single-serve condiments.
The CDC also recommends partygoers don’t partake in alcohol or drugs because it could impair judgment.
Alternative New Year’s Eve Options
To keep everyone safe, a virtual New Year’s Eve celebration is highly encouraged, such as an online countdown, virtual concert, or dinner. Many fireworks shows and countdowns will take place on television or online.
People living together can decorate, play music, have a party together, watch movies, or plan a special meal. Also, reach out to family and friends through call or text to wish them a Happy New Year.
Neighborhoods can plan a countdown to midnight where they stand outside and cheer together.
Individuals could set resolutions for the new year and practice self-care by reading a book or taking a walk.
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