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How to handle holiday gatherings during the Covid-19 pandemic

Published Nov 20, 2020


CAPE TOWN- As the festive season draws near and families prepare for holiday gatherings there are a few aspects to consider while the Covid-19 pandemic is still very much with us. How do we go on holiday in a way that is considered safe?

South Africa is currently on level 1 of national lockdown and the regulations hold that most normal activity can resume, with precautions and health guidelines followed at all times.

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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) offers some tips for hosting or attending gatherings while protecting individuals and communities in preventing the spread of Covid-19.

- Remind invited guests to stay home if they suspect they have been exposed to the virus in the last 14 days or are showing Covid-19 symptoms. Anyone who has had close contact with a person who has Covid-19 should also stay home and monitor their health.

- When possible, host your gathering outdoors. If this is not feasible, make sure the room or space is well-ventilated and leave windows open.

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- Arrange tables and chairs to allow for social distancing. People from the same household can be in groups together and don’t need to be 6 feet apart – just 6 feet away from other families.

- Make sure that there enough soap or hand sanitizer containing at least 60% alcohol available in the restrooms.

- Encourage guests to bring their own food and drinks.

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- Remind guests to wash their hands before serving or eating food.

- Limit people going in and out of the areas where food is being prepared or handled, such as in the kitchen or around the grill.

- Clean and disinfect commonly touched surfaces and any shared items between use when feasible.

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