Despite what may be occurring in the world, life goes on. Holidays of national remembrance are important and most especially personal days for families, such as birthdays and anniversaries, are of greater significance when nothing else is normal. You can’t stop living, but there are safety precautions you can take while celebrating with loved ones to help keep everyone safe.
If you’re sick, don’t go out
This may seem obvious, but no one wants to miss a special occasion, especially after an extended period of isolation most have been enduring. Even if your illness is minor, your immune system is compromised and you are infectious to others to some degree.
Determine your acceptable level of risk
Even if you are in good health, it is important to access the risk you are taking; and make no mistake, there is always risk involved. A recent study reported by the CDC indicated that adults who tested positive for the Covid-19 virus were twice as likely as those who tested negative to have frequented a restaurant. But, there are ways to mitigate that risk. Outdoor events typically carry less risk than ones indoor, so if, for example, patio dining is an option instead of the main seating area inside that may be a good choice. However, whether outside or in, proper protocols must be adhered to.
Confirm the safety measures of the establishment
As guidelines are continually evolving, it’s always a good idea to check the current protocols for the facility you will be visiting. For instance, these types of safety precautions should be in place that are consistent with current CDC recommendations:
- Temperature screen all guests
- Limit the number of patrons
- Guests to wear masks until seated
- Tables properly socially distanced
- Tables, menus properly sanitized
- Common and kitchen areas sanitized with UV light technology
- HVAC system updated to sanitize circulating air
- Staff regularly tested, daily temperature checks, proper mask usage
Take care of yourself
Always make sure you wear a mask, socially distance, wash your hands by lathering with soap for at least 20 seconds after returning home from being in the public and carry a hand sanitizer for those times when hand washing is impractical.