It’s that time of year again – holiday decorations are already starting to pop up in Costco, Target, and TJ Maxx. It feels too early, but believe it or not, the holidays are just around the corner! This season is always an eventful time of the year. But this year, the holidays come with a whole new list of concerns thanks to COVID. Unfortunately, epidemiologist Saski Popescu, Ph.D. says:
“There is no 100% safe way for two households to get together for the holidays in any area where Covid is circulating, which currently includes the entire United States.”
However, Dr. Popescu also recognizes that mental health is important and knows that people will be getting together with friends and family anyway. Here are some ways to plan for holiday gatherings while still being mindful of COVID.
How to Prepare for the Holidays
Right now we are in a time of high anxiety and there’s no getting around it. COVID has made our lives very uncertain and made even the simplest parts of our day, more complex. However, one good way to combat anxiety is to plan ahead.
We are so lucky to live in a climate that allows us to go outside most of the year. If you can celebrate the holidays outside, that can reduce the risk of spreading COVID. Strolling around the Naples canals to look at the lights, or simply setting dinner up outside instead of in the dining room, are great holiday alternatives this year.
Wear Your Mask
This is a hard one for some people. Masks aren’t always comfortable and they can be annoying but they are so, so important. Wearing a mask (except when eating) can help keep you and your family safe. Even though you trust your family and friends, it’s better to be too careful than not careful enough. If you find talking or wearing one uncomfortable, consider a mask insert.
Take Precautions When You’re Inside
If you have to be inside, it’s good to open the windows to increase ventilation or get an air purifier. Creating some ventilation in the home can help circulate germs out.
Just because you feel comfortable having people over or going to someone else’s house, your family might not feel the same way. It’s important to communicate with your friends and family members to understand what they are and aren’t comfortable doing for the holidays. While we know it’s not the same, FaceTime or Zoom is always a good way to include those who might not be comfortable attending events in person.
Holidays in the Time of COVID
We are all sick of COVID at this point, but that doesn’t mean we should let down our guard. With just a few safety precautions, you can help protect yourself and your family from COVID. If part of your holiday agenda includes buying or selling a home, please let us know. We can’t make COVID go away, but we can help make your real estate experience safe! Please give us call at 562.896.2456 or fill out the form below.