Having a Party? Read This First
If you are absolutely committed to hosting an in-person gathering, it is essential you are aware of the most recent guidelines, published by the Mississippi State Department of Health on COVID-19. They can be found on the MSDH website. And in keeping with these guidelines, here are some suggestions for hosting a safer gathering:
Host your event outdoors. It is particularly challenging in the Mississippi summer, but if everyone does it in 2020, maybe it won’t be so necessary in 2021.
Set the example. Avoid handshakes and hugs while acknowledging the efforts. Your guests will appreciate your awareness of the situation.
Offer hand sanitizer at the door. Buy some local hand sanitizer in a big bottle and put it into smaller containers from the dollar store to offer your guests when they arrive.
Practice physical distancing. Space your seats so guests are separated by at least 6ft.
Avoid situations where guests might congregate. Space your food and drinks over multiple tables to encourage your guests to spread out.
Serve individual plates where possible and avoid finger foods. Prepackaged, disposable cutlery is also helpful.
Commentary provided by Dr. Rob Kidnie, Family Medicine Resident at the University of Mississippi Medical Center.