4 Tips For Celebrating The 4th Of July During COVID-19
Chris Wojcik Student, Loyola University Chicago
Although the world is different than it was last year, that doesn’t mean you can’t at least try to enjoy your 4th of July weekend. All 50 states have re-opened in some capacity from the initial lockdown (though some are reversing the reopening process).
Here are some suggestions and tips on what you can do to stay safe while still getting your fourth on.
1. Wear a cloth face covering. Everywhere.
The CDC recommends that everyone wear a face covering in any setting where you are with people who live outside your household, especially when social distancing is hard to maintain. If you live in a state where restaurants and bars are open, remember that you are technically supposed to wear a mask in between bites of food and sips of drinks, and on your way to the bathroom.
2. Go camping.
Most experts think the virus doesn’t spread as rapidly outdoors.
According to some experts, camping is the least risky summertime activity, especially if you are far away from other groups.
If camping isn’t your thing, the same experts believe that renting a cabin or vacation home is also a fairly safe bet. Hotels can be safe as well, if you avoid large groups (like an indoor pool).
3. Host a smaller backyard party
States have different guidelines on how many people can safely gather together. Regardless of that number, inviting fewer guests this year might not be a bad idea.
Some precautions you can take to maintain hygiene during a barbecue or dinner party are using plastic utensils (to prevent sharing and spread of germs), placing chairs and tables six feet apart, and not serving anything that requires a “community” dipping bowl.
Place hand sanitizer in several locations.
4. Stay away from people who make you feel unsafe.
Many people believe the Coronavirus isn't that serious. If you find yourself in the same place as a friend of a friend who shared the “Plandemic” video or something similar, it's OK to leave the party early.
Avoid arguments. It'll just cause you and everyone else anxiety.
It may seem like a weird time to “celebrate” America. But this holiday isn’t just about patriotism and American flags. It’s about being able to spend time with your friends and family. During uncertain times, this is more important than ever.
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