Deciding who and the number of people to ask can be a challenge. Since this is not just any regular gathering, you have to be cautious about the summer deck party’s size. The more people you invite, the higher the risk of spreading the virus. Another major factor is adding kids to the celebration, as it is hard to keep them apart and from playing with their friends. Anything you can do to limit exposure will help keep you and your loved ones safe from the virus. We have to think about groups of people being spaced out six feet apart in the lawn, having sanitary stations, easy access to a bathroom, clean food areas, and protective gear. No matter what, you should stay clear of any indoor gatherings.
Things could get complicated when people have to use the restroom. However, since that is unavoidable, you can dedicate one bathroom for guests to use, people can wear masks inside your house, and you can wipe down any doorknobs or frequently touched surfaces. Provide hand sanitizer in the bathroom and other obvious indoor areas.
Unfortunately, this will not be like a typical barbecue or Independence Day celebration. You should already be prepared with a plan for people to have as few-touch points and interactions as possible. This means setting up seating arrangements to be six feet apart in groups with their own families, keeping hand sanitizer in easily accessible places, and encouraging other people to wear masks before and after eating. In short, try to follow what the best-run business establishments are doing for their own business. Things are going to feel strange, and it may be hard to accept. You cannot do the things you are accustomed to or that feel natural like handshakes and hugs. You should not even break off into smaller groups to talk privately amongst your closest friends. The moment people start breaking off into sections, they get closer and closer. It’s important to remember that these guidelines are in place to keep you and your loved ones safe.