Okay, there is a vaccine. However, that does not mean that we should disregard safety protocols such as social distancing and avoiding mass gatherings.
With the lifting of several restrictions for the community quarantines, many have been traveling, going out with friends, and hosting parties. While we don’t discourage all these— we know how hard the isolation was for everyone— it is best to be reminded of some safety tips especially when planning for a party.
If you are planning to host one in the coming weeks or months, you better read on and refresh your memory. (Read: PH Gets ‘Safe Travels’ Stamp From International Tourism Council)
How to Plan Parties Amid Pandemic: Be Intimate
We have seen it in our social media feeds: people who have been mass gathering despite the government sanctions against it. Parties are not prohibited as long as you follow the recommended number of people at the party. (Read: Queen’s Virtual Tea Party Highlights the Church’s Role in Social Issues)
To be safe, if you really, really, really want to throw a party or host a dinner, just strictly invite your closest family and friends— be aware of senior citizens, little kids, and pregnant women when sending out your invitations. You can also host such via Zoom or FB Live.
How to Plan Parties Amid Pandemic: Take Advantage of Online Shopping
Gone are the days when people would troop to Divisoria to buy cheap party needs. With the rising numbers of COVID-19 cases, not only in Metro Manila, but in all parts of the Philippines, going to such crowded areas are a big no-no. (Read: 5 Tips For Safer Transactions Online)
Good thing, there are online stores that cater to your needs. Angeli Santillan, in her blog Mom Your Own Business, shared how she bought party supplies for her kid’s birthday party at Shopee. She got a balloon backdrop which only took her a few minutes to set-up.
How to Plan Parties Amid Pandemic: Limit Social Contact
Always keep in mind that hugging, shaking hands, and beso are prohibited during this time. Require your guests to wear face masks at all times while in the venue. It would be best if you do not have many guests so it would not be crowded. To make it fun, be creative in how your guests would greet one another— it is still a party, after all.