Before you plan your New Year's Eve celebration, there are COVID-19 concerns you still need to consider before ringing in 2021.
Just like Thanksgiving and Christmas, all health officials including the CDC, stress that indoor celebrating should be limited to members of your household. Additionally, if you are outside celebrating, wearing a mask and distancing yourself from crowds is still important. Despite these limitations, it is still possible to celebrate the new year in a safer and fun way.
These safety tips may help you cut down on your risk of being exposed to the virus:
- Celebrate virtually and remotely with friends and extended family -- this can include remote toasting, games, karaoke, and the sharing of New Year's resolutions.
- Research local events in your area that you would normally attend in person which might be live-streamed this year.
- If gathering outside with others from other households maintain your distance, especially if you are eating or drinking, and put your mask back on when not eating or drinking.
- If you are celebrating outdoors with others, bring your own drinks, food, cups, and utensils in order to cut down on person-to-person interactions.
- Remember that shouting, singing, and yelling (stuff like "Happy New Year!" and "So long 2020!") is a possible way to spread droplets. Try to avoid it if you are outside with others.
- Reconsider accepting an indoor invite to a gathering with others you do not live with as COVID-19 can be transmitted even in small groups of people. (Find out the places the virus is most commonly spreading right now). While this tip is nowhere close to being the usual New Year's fun we know and love, remember that with multiple vaccines being rolled out, it is likely that New Year's Eve 2021 will be back to normal.
The Doctors hope everyone celebrates the new year safely and remembers that 1 night of celebrating unsafely is not worth the potential long-term health issues.
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