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Holiday gatherings during COVID-19: 4 ideas for staying safe

Holidays during COVID - how will it be different?

The 2020 holiday season is here, but due to the surging COVID-19 pandemic, it is vital that families take precautions to stay safe and healthy.

The 2020 holiday season is here, but due to the surging COVID-19 pandemic, it is vital that families take precautions to stay safe and healthy.

These measures are especially important in the state of Wisconsin, which has high rates of COVID-19 cases. Wisconsin Governor Tony Evers has issued an executive order, urging residents to stay home as COVID cases remain prevalent throughout the state.

The upcoming holidays pose a major threat to containing the virus – as many individuals will be looking to spend time with visiting family members. In-person gatherings with folks who are not a part of your household can put everyone at increased risk. Level of risk varies based on these factors:

  • Where attendees are coming from or going to.
  • The size and duration of the gathering.
  • The behavior of attendees prior to and during the event.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends celebrating with members of your own household or virtually instead. Both recommendations offer much lower of risk for spreading COVID-19.

Additionally, here are four ways you can still spread holiday cheer this season while keeping you and your loved ones protected.

Video conference with each other

Using technology to chat on the phone or over video is a great way to spend time with loved ones – no matter how far away you live from each other. There are a variety of apps you can use to stay in touch. Many are user-friendly and easy to set up.

Send gifts safely

Shopping and purchasing gifts online has never been easier. This also is a smart and secure way to send presents during the pandemic. Some websites even allow you to mark the item as a gift, with personalized wrapping and messaging options.

If you are looking to give a more personal touch, try dropping gifts off at the front door and use video conferencing to watch your loved ones open their gifts.

Cook your favorite recipe – virtually

You can still make those beloved family meals together, with the help of technology. Use video conferences to cook and eat your favorite dishes from the comfort and safety of your homes.

Be creative

This is a difficult time for everyone and it’s important to let your loved ones know that you are there for them. Just because you can’t see them in person, doesn’t mean individuals have to feel alone. Find creative and meaningful ways to spend time your family while protecting them from the COVID-19 virus.

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