How to Host a COVID-19 Safe Holiday Get Together

The holidays are quickly approaching, which means Christmas parties and get-togethers are on the horizon. While nothing can stop the excitement of the holidays, as we head into our second holiday season in the midst of a pandemic, many people are experiencing increased levels of anxiety, too. A holiday get together isn't as simple as they once were. 

The Omicron variant of COVID-19 poses a threat to many people's holiday plans as governments around the world are introducing stricter gathering limits. Many are worried we could see a shut down similar to that of 2020's March lockdown. While Omicron has not proven itself to be a harder hit of COVID, it has proven itself to be much easier to catch; even if you are double vaccinated. This is frustrating to many who had high hopes for a Christmas where 85.2% of the population here in Alberta is fully vaccinated.

While restrictions and regulations are constantly evolving and changing, here are some basic tips on how to host a COVID-19 safe holiday get together:

Stay updated on the current rules for gathering. You can find all of the official updates on the Alberta Health COVID-19 Public Health Measures site by clicking here. While a lot of these details can be confusing, this is the official guide. Right now, indoor and outdoor gatherings are still permitted. This being said, be aware of those attending! The elderly and immunocompromised continue to be at the largest risk for contracting COVID-19, and it is wise to only gather with those you trust are doing everything they can to stay safe and healthy. 

Be aware of your gathering activities. Games that involve a lot of physical contact should be avoided, along with sharing drinks and food. Where you can, limit contact and be outdoors if possible. This can be difficult when it gets so cold this time of year, but just be extra cautious with your space and who you invite in it. As always, cleaning up afterwards and wiping down high-touch areas is a great safety precaution. 

It's the Holidays. You want to see your friends and family. These are all valuable things that no one should have to give up completely; just be safe and cognizant of ways you can make sure everyone has a happy, healthy holiday. 

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