Every year we anxiously wait for the holidays. This mist wonderful time of the year. A time where family an friends get together an enjoy one another. A time where lines in the supermarkets are long an busy. And Airlines are booked an packed.
But this year is different. Because of the worldwide crisis, it’ll be a little different this year. The question is will their still be a “Holly, Jolly Christmas?” An the answer is yes!
Like most events, activities and celebrations this year, the 2020 holidays are likely to be far different than your past Thanksgiving, Hanukkah, Christmas and Kwanzaa celebrations. Not only are we in the midst of a pandemic — severely limiting our ability to gather, and negatively affecting the health and finances of many — but COVID-19 infections continue to growand the flu seasonis soon to take off.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the country is experiencing a resurgence of COVID-19 infections. Small, household gatherings are being named as one of the primary causes, and experts warn the increase in cases will continue as temperatures drop, people spend more time indoors and the holiday season approaches.
Here are some suggestions to keep safe during quarantine, but still having a, Holly, Jolly Christmas.
• Use single-use options or identify one person to serve sharable items, like salad dressings, food containers, plates and utensils, and condiments.
• Make sure everyone washes their hands with soap and water for 20 seconds before and after preparing, serving, and eating food and after taking trash out. Use hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol if soap and water are not available.
• Designate a space for guests to wash hands after handling or eating food.
• Limit crowding in areas where food is served by having one person dispense food individually to plates, always keeping a minimum of a 6-foot distance from the person whom they are serving. Avoid crowded buffet and drink stations.
But most of all have a mask, stay safe. And have a Merry Christmas.
Written by lala