10 ways to be safe at a house party during a pandemic

Arpita Chatterjee
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House parties during the pandemic are very different from regular parties. You will see that people at these house parties are much more anxious and nervous. However, as a precaution - you must ensure that everyone has received all the appropriate health screening.

Read below the ten ways to be safe in a pandemic when you're going for a house party (or hosting one) to minimise the risk of infection:

Communicate cautiously

The focus of your home party must be enjoying while keeping infection at bay! Communicate with your guests wearing a face-mask and use sanitiser generously. And maintain a distance while speaking.

Your home party's aim has to be genuinely a well-rounded, multi-staged, multi-part meeting of minds - the key to success.

Go for 'courtesy nods'

Formal or informal, irrespective of the house party type, avoid shaking hands. A polite nod of courtesy is what's in vogue nowadays.

Restrict your timings

It is important to remember that you and your family are most at risk during the pandemic period when it is more likely for a case of coronavirus to be diagnosed. It is during times that people tend to be at a higher risk of contracting the deadly virus. So it is essential to schedule house parties and other gatherings with restricted timings to minimise risks.

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Cover the food

With the current threat of a pandemic, it is wise to cover the house party dishes thoroughly. Try covering the plates with clean wrap from all sides. And it will not only keep the food fresh, but safe from getting contaminated from the virus in the air!

Serve drinks separately

Pandemic preparation is essential for any household, it can be a tricky task, and many people may have questions on how they should prepare and serve drinks. Try doing the drinks to your guests in disposable glasses. You can also ask your guests to carry their glass (if they prefer). It will reduce the chances of contracting the deadly infection and be less hectic while you clean-up post the house party.

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Limited mingling

What is a house party without mingling around? Well, not now!! It is always better to keep a safe distance from others present in the room while the party is on. Moreover, try calling a limited number of people, or maybe divide your guest-list into a few batches to avoid getting infected. Remember, little mingling is always wiser than staying isolated for 14 days!!

Avoid using common bathrooms

Don't use common toilet facilities at house parties during the pandemic. It's simple, right? Limit your access to the toilet (due to sanitary issues) and getting contracted with the virus.

Never share food

When it comes to throwing a party, there is no need for anyone to feel that they are feeding or sharing food with anyone else. It's critical to refrain from doing this if at all possible. It's okay to have a little bit of each food to give out, but never share or give food to anyone in particular.

Keep your mask on

It may sound cliché, but it is any day sensible, especially during a pandemic situation. Keep wearing your mask till the house party is on. While having food, open the same, but keep it with you (in your shirt pocket) and not elsewhere. Wear it no sooner than you finish your meal. The entire drill ought to reduce the infection level.

No jumping-off to the pool

It is never advisable to jump into the pool while the house party is on. By this, you will keep the chances of infection less and stay safe.

Just because you have a large group of friends and family doesn't mean you should be lax about safety. Remember that even the smallest of gatherings can be dangerous if you aren't paying attention. By taking a few precautions, you can ensure that everyone has a great time without any worries.

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