The holidays are a time for food and togetherness. Here are some tips on how to host a safe, socially responsible family meal.
- Remind guests to stay home if they are sick
Remind guests to stay home if they have been exposed to COVID-19 in the last 14 days or are showing any of the following symptoms: fever or chills, cough, shortness of breath, fatigue, muscle or body aches, headache, new loss of taste or smell, a sore throat, congestion or runny nose, nausea or vomiting, or diarrhea. Anyone who has had close contact with a person who has COVID-19 should also stay home.
- Encourage social distancing & wear masks
Arrange tables and chairs to allow for social distancing. When guests arrive, minimize gestures that promote close contact. For example, don’t shake hands or give hugs. Instead, wave and verbally greet them. Masks are still a first line of defence against the Coronavirus, so be sure to have extra masks on-hand for guests who do not bring their own, and encourage mask wearing whenever guests aren’t eating. In addition to wearing face masks and social distancing, good air circulation indoors will reduce the spread of COVID-19, so turn on any ceiling fans or open some windows, weather permitting.
- Wash hands often
Encourage your guests to wash their hands or use hand sanitizer upon entering your home. Make sure there is adequate soap in the restrooms. Consider providing cleaning supplies, like disinfectant wipes, that allow guests to wipe down surfaces before they leave. Likewise, use single-use hand towels or paper towels for drying hands so guests don’t share a towel.
- Limit the number of people handling or serving food
Limit people going in and out of the areas where food is being prepared or handled, such as the kitchen, if possible. Use single-use options or identify one person to serve sharable items, like casseroles, pies, or roast turkey, so that multiple people are not handling the same utensils and serving dishes.
On behalf of The Hearth family, we wish you a happy, safe, holiday season.