How to throw a great party and stick to COVID-19 regulations
- Prioritize guest safety to prevent COVID-19 spread.
- There are several ways to follow CDC health guidelines, including social distancing and limiting guest capacity.
- Work with a caterer who offers enhanced safety precautions.
- Wash your hands regularly and offer masks to guests.
The coronavirus has impacted our daily lives and changed our social interactions. Planning parties used to be more straightforward and all about creating a fun experience for guests on the right budget. Currently, though, we’ve got to entertain our guests while keeping COVID-19 in mind. Planning a party under the current conditions should require following CDC protocol. If you’re planning a catered event, it’s a good idea to offer the safest experience for your guests.
Safely planning events
When planning an event of any size, focus on reducing the risk of contracting the virus. We all have to do our part to keep each other safe, including during fun gatherings or professional events. Plan to incorporate social distancing, face coverings, and excluding anyone who is sick with COVID-19.
There might be more things to think about when planning an event right now, but it’s still possible with the right precautions. If you want to host a family gathering or organize a work function, be sure to keep the following safety tips in mind.
1. Ask sick guests to stay home
Although it may seem obvious, staying home when you are sick is a must during the pandemic. Before the event, send a reminder to your confirmed guests that they should not attend if they are confirmed ill or feeling sick with COVID-like symptoms. If they’re feeling slightly under the weather, it’s a better idea to stay home. This adds an extra layer of certainty that all guests will be safe.
2. Practice social distancing
Your guests should still be practicing social distancing right now if they aren’t vaccinated. Whether greeting one another or grabbing a plate full of delicious catered food, ensure that there is plenty of space between your attendees. There is no reason for guests to get too close, and if you’ve hired a professional caterer there will definitely be enough food to go around. Ask guests to be patient, considerate, and keep ample space between themselves.
3. Choose a safe caterer
If you are catering your event, consider working with an experienced catering team who is prepared with COVID-19 safety precautions. Make sure they are taking enhanced safety measures. You might want to choose a caterer who can package and wrap food orders individually for maximum protection. You can even consider working with a caterer who will drop off your order so that you don’t have to go inside a restaurant.
4. Make masks mandatory
Most public spaces in the country require masks at this time. Ask the same of your event guests, except while they are eating or possibly publicly speaking (from a safe distance). Have masks on hand to give out to any guests who come unprepared. The masks should effectively cover both the mouth and nose. Worn properly, masks add a high layer of protection.
5. Ask everyone to wash their hands
Provide a space for guests, hosts, and catering staff to wash their hands. Hands should be washed with soap and water for at least 20 seconds when visibly soiled, before eating, and after using the restroom. It’s advisable for guests to wash their hands frequently and especially after touching their faces. You can also provide hand sanitizer at different stations for quick cleaning.
6. Limit the attendance
Your event should be well-organized. This means accounting for how many guests you can fit in a space safely. Consider if there will be adequate room for social distancing, especially if your event is indoors. Each person should be able to stand at least six feet away from each other comfortably. Holding your event outdoors is an especially good idea and easy in sunny Florida.
Safe and fun catered events during COVID-19
Planning an event right now might take a little extra work but considering the health and safety of yourself and those around you is the right thing to do. You can minimize the risk of the spread of COVID-19 by doing things like wearing a mask, socially distancing, and not allowing sick guests to attend.
Working with a professional catering team that follows health and safety guidelines is also crucial. When you’re ready to start preparing your safe, socially-distant catered party, contact us for fantastic food options.