‘Tis the Season to Ring in Your Holidays Safely!!!
Holidays are a special time to come together with family, friends and community. Keep it special by keeping it safe. While COVID-19 may change the WAY we celebrate, it doesn’t change the love and glad tidings we have for one another.
JOY IS YOURS!
What You Need to Know:
- Health and safety rules and laws are still in effect. This means our holiday gatherings must comply and adjust.
- The risk of COVID-19 and its variants spreading at events and gatherings increases as follows*:
- Lowest risk: Virtual-only activities, events, and gatherings.
- More risk: Smaller outdoor and in-person gatherings in which individuals from different households remain spaced at least 6 feet apart, wear masks, do not share objects, and come from the same local area (e.g., community, town, city, or county).
- Higher risk: Medium-sized in-person gatherings that are adapted to allow individuals to remain spaced at least 6 feet apart and with attendees coming from outside the local area.
- Highest risk: Large in-person gatherings where it is difficult for individuals to remain spaced at least 6 feet apart and attendees travel from outside the local area.
- The more people you interact with at a gathering and the longer that interaction lasts, the higher the potential risk is of your becoming infected with COVID-19 or its variants and then spreading it to others.
- The higher the level of community transmission in the area where your gathering is held, the higher the risk of COVID-19 or its variants spreading at the gathering.
- The size (attendance) of an event or gathering should be determined based on state, local, territorial, or tribal safety laws and regulations.
*CDC recommended guidelines
Click here for the City of St. Louis’ Holiday Gathering Checklist
QUESTIONS TO ASK:
- What are current COVID-19, Delta and Omicron levels in my community?
- I want to host a gathering. How many attendees do I expect to attend?
- Am I planning a high-risk activity?
- Am I able to follow the health and safety rules and laws that inform my community?
What You Can Do:
- Limit the number guests to your gathering.
- Avoid attending large gatherings or events held by others.
- Postpone, redesign or cancel your event. Protect yourself! Protect your family!
- Instead of gathering in person, celebrate virtually! Bring your computer or screen into the room to welcome family and friends to join through Zoom.
- Bored with Zoom? Liven it up! Break out the games.
- Families can enjoy Bingo or upgrade your Charades game with “Heads Up!”, a mobile phone version of the game where you guess the word on the card that’s on the phone screen. You place the phone up to your forehead facing your family and friends and you must guess from the clues they give before the timer runs out! (https://www.warnerbros.com/games-and-apps/heads)
Games to Play Online with Your Friends While You’re All Stuck At Home:
- Visit https://www.refinery29.com/en-us/2020/03/9591336/phone-app-games-online-with-friends-coronavirus
- Play trivia and more. App called Houseparty is fun! Allows you to play party games via a big video party.
- Connect with your family on Zoom: Each family member is responsible for digging up old pix. Play “who is this human?” Once identified, the human has to share stories of past mischiefs. Family votes on best picture and story.
- Play Argumania: Use a free 16 bracket fillable form (there are many free ones online) and pick a topic! The host uses Zoom to share their screen and fills in 16 examples of that topic. Then ARGUE WITH PASSION about which ones are best. Ideas: shoes, sharks, birds, dogs, and candy.
- Play Virtual Family Feud: Create your own questions. Break into two teams. What about prizes? Get creative!
- Have alpacas crash your group meeting? Alpacas of Troy can come visit your group. Schedule a 15-minute virtual tour of the alpaca farm with surprise visits from the pigs and dogs and chickens too! You are able to ask questions, etc.!
- Try new recipes. Check Pinterest or buy a new cookbook and cook virtually with a friend. Who made it best? Any booboos?
- Check out classes and activities from your local library:
- Sign up for a virtual exercise class.
- Spring cleaning Winter edition. Clean your closet or basement.
Fun games and workouts to do while in isolation:
- Playing Jackbox games with friends and family remotely
- Play chess with a friend online
- Virtually scavenger hunt: Give folks a list and a set amount of time. Encourage creativity
- Sporcle has lots of free fill-in-the-blank quizzes that one household can screen share and all can participate
- Work on an online crossword puzzle as a team
- Kahoot allows you to construct family friendly trivia games.
- Yoga with Adriene (Yoga and meditation videos)
- Les Mills on Demand (100+ free workouts)
- The Fitness Marshall (Dance Routines to pop music)
- The Intensati Experience Live (Full intenSati workout and sound meditation with Patricia Moreno, every Saturday from 10-11:30am EST on Zoom)Register Here (for FREE!)
- 2020 City of St. Louis’ Holiday Gathering Checklist
- CDC readiness tool when making preparations for an event
- Holiday Tips from the CDC
Prepare and Protect YOURSELF and YOUR Family!