Social Distancing This Holiday SeasonNovember 04, 2020
With the current status of the pandemic and continued surges as the colder weather sets in, we need to do everything we can to reduce exposure to the virus. For many, this means that the holidays will need to be celebrated remotely and at a distance. However, that doesn’t mean the holidays are canceled!
What are some ways that we can maintain the holiday spirit in 2020? Let’s take a look at the risk factors along with ideas for how to celebrate!
Risk of Holiday Gatherings
The CDC is not encouraging indoor Thanksgiving or holiday gatherings, as the risk of exposure and spread is too great. Some families and communities may be able to celebrate safely if they can celebrate outdoors, but this simply isn’t an option for many of us living in colder climates. Review the CDC guidelines and make sure you’re not taking unnecessary risks; after all, there are other ways to stay connected this holiday season!
Ways to Celebrate
#1 Let’s do a Zoom Thanksgiving!
Many families will choose to celebrate remotely, organizing Zoom Thanksgivings for their loved ones to attend. To make things feel more unified, you can all prepare similar recipes and compare reactions! How fun!
If you are a family member of a Blue Harbor resident and are planning a Zoom Thanksgiving, let us know so that we can help get residents set up to join the virtual hangout!
#2 Outdoor Visits or Window Visits
Many people live in climates where outdoor visits are an option, which is wonderful! At Blue Harbor, many of our communities are offering window visits, which can be a beautiful way to enjoy some real, in-person facetime while still keeping a safe distance. So sweet!
#3 Virtual Movie Nights!
Have a tradition of watching a holiday movie together over the holidays? Watch all together virtually! Many of the video streaming apps, such as Netflix or Hulu, have watch parties, where you can all watch a movie at the same time. You can also have a Zoom call going on at the same time so you can see each other and feel as close as possible.
#4 Virtual Karaoke Parties!
Let’s turn this party up a notch! If your family loves to sing songs together, you can try a virtual karaoke party. Check out this article for tips; great for all ages!
We hope you find these tips to be helpful! We are wishing you a very safe holiday season and are working hard to keep all of our residents, team members, and families protected (learn about our COVID response). Please let us know if we can help in any way! Happy early Thanksgiving and here’s to a bright and healthy holiday season ahead.
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