While holiday get-togethers are beloved traditions, they can also be stressful to navigate. This year has added a new set of challenges with the global pandemic. Whether you are hosting an event or attending as a guest, planning ahead is key to making the best decisions for yourself and those around you. Here are some tips to consider:
If you are hosting
- Stay up-to-date with local guidance for COVID-19 safety measures and, if home gatherings are permitted, outline your requested protocol for guests before they arrive.
- Do you plan to ask everyone to wear face coverings? You may also consider providing disposable masks.
- Where are tables, seating, and food/beverage stations set up? Can guests easily distance themselves?
- How are food, beverages, and utensils being handled? How are you minimizing extra contact?
- What is your back-up plan for last-minute changes to local safety guidelines? Will you postpone, cancel, or go virtual?
- Provide food, especially if you plan to offer alcoholic beverages.
- Make water as accessible as other beverages offered.
- Offer a festive, alcohol-free beverage option for those choosing not to drink. Browse some of our favorites.
If you are attending
- If you choose to drink, have a plan for how to get home before you arrive.
- Respect your host’s COVID-19 safety protocol requests. If they have not outlined any, reference local guidelines to
- determine your own safety measures ahead of time. This could include:
- Wearing a mask.
- Considering how you keep your distance and interact with other guests.
- Bringing your own food, beverages, and/or utensils, depending on accommodations provided.
- If you plan on drinking alcoholic beverages, be sure to also have some food.
- Alternate alcoholic beverages with water.