At first, there were strict rules on social distancing, which included bans on both small and large gatherings. However, these rules have been amended, and people can now gather, but within stipulated numbers.
While some countries frown at gatherings of any sort, other countries accommodate small gatherings, but with measures put in place. With that said, we are left organizing small gatherings with certain guidelines.
Should you cancel your plans to party with your friends and family?
Not yet! This article exposes everything about organizing a safe private party during COVID-19.
Factors to Consider Before Organizing a Private Party During the Pandemic
Nowadays, you need to implement certain measures before organizing a private party. These measures go beyond the moderation of certain number of attendees at the party or even restricting the activities of the attendees.
For example, you may have to require proof of a negative Covid test, among other regulations as you plan a private party during the COVID-19 pandemic.
The Rate of COVID-19 Cases in Different Parts of the World
When we plan private gatherings, we may host visitors from other cities, states and even countries. If these guests are coming from places with high Covid cases, there is a higher chance of infection. Hence, you need to check current statistics about covid-19 cases in their areas and think twice about who you send the invitations.
The Event Setting
Commonly, private parties are indoor events. In some cases, they can be outdoor events. Hosting an indoor private party during Covid-19 is not recommended due to lack of ventilation in the area.
The CDC recommends proper ventilation in extreme cases when people must gather. If you’d prefer an outdoor event for your private party, the number of guests at the event is a factor to consider. A high number of people at a private party increases the chance of infection as opposed to an event with less people.
If the event is an outdoor event, one may need to consider the event area and the number of attendees for the party. For indoor events, one should plan for a hosting a small number of people.
Prepare Your Guests
First and foremost, ensure you communicate all health measures to your guests when you send invitations and upon their arrival. Most importantly, make sure your guests follow all of your guidelines.
To further prevent the spread of the virus, ensure you have the following:
- Clean water and soap for guests to wash their hands
- Easy access to a hand sanitizer for your guests
- Signage indicating 2-meter distance between guests
- A proper ventilation system
Maintaining proper hygiene during the party is non-negotiable. Since the virus is commonly found on the surface, you must ensure to always clean the:
These are common places people touch. You may also want to limit the number of waiters at your party.
Guests who haven’t had any Covid tests shouldn’t be allowed entry as they can infect other guests if they possibly carry the virus. If any guest gets sick after attending your party, make sure to inform other guests, so they can get a rapid COVID test.
Vaccinated individuals should be required to keep their masks on during private parties for their safety and for the safety of others guests.
To Wrap It Up
When you insist that guests undergo COVID tests, it helps you plan better and helps you prevent a further spread of the virus. It shows that you value the health of your guests. We strongly recommend a rapid covid test when you notice any Covid symptoms.