Hosting a BBQ in the Age of COVID-19

This July 4th weekend would be very different from any other independence day weekend you have been part of in the past. In the age of COVID-19, it will be necessary to not only bring people together but also keep them apart for safety. However, if you are determined to find a way to host a BBQ safely, we have some great tips that will substantially reduce any risks.

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  • Limit the number of guests: We have all been hearing the term “social distancing” for the past six months for a good reason. Depending on where you live with some guidance from your local authorities, it may be possible to host a small gathering of people outdoor. Make sure your list doesn’t include more than ten people who each agree to stay at a safe physical distance during the gathering. Make sure your invite mentions pandemic gathering etiquettes – each guest to bring their masks, gloves, and sanitizers, etc.
  • Quarantine the tableware: Center of Disease Control (CDC) recommends guests bring their own tableware for gatherings. However, if you do decide to keep your own tableware – make sure you deep sanitize the –plates, silverware, glasses, and napkins. After sanitization, organizes separate trays for each group and wrap each tray in individual bags for additional safety.
  • Strategize the usage of restroom: Even if it’s a small socially distanced group of guests, they will most likely end up sharing the restroom. Assess how your guests feel about sharing the restroom if everyone feels okay about sharing it leave plenty of paper towels and hand soap on the sink. Keep disinfecting wipes along with a spray bottle filled with 70% isopropyl alcohol for misting handles and knobs after each usage.
  • Beverage Arrangement: Have one assigned person manage the beverages for the party with gloves on at all times. Keep disinfecting wipes for the guests to wipe the beverage bottles and cans if they want to.
  • Food: While in the past you might be hosting elaborate buffets, wit will be ideal to opt for single –serve potions (individual snack bags and bottles) or have guests bring their own food and drinks.
  • Guest List: Follow the CDC recommendation of writing down all of the guests in attendance in case you need it for contract tracing in the future.

We wish you a very safe July 4th weekend.

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