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After months of being stuck indoors due to the pandemic, states are beginning to reopen right in time for summer.  Although you may be eager to get the gang together, the coronavirus hasn’t completely disappeared, so you need to proceed with caution.  Here are some tips for entertaining safely this summer.

Keep your guest list short

The more people you invite to your event, the greater your odds of getting sick.  So, keep your guest list short until things are completely back to normal.  Each state is reopening in phases and has its own guidelines for how many people can be gathered in one place.  However, according to the President, on phase one you’re allowed a maximum of 10 guests.  In phase two, that number jumps to 50 people.  Once your area reaches phase three, the restrictions are lifted, but it’s still recommended that you minimize the time spent in large crowds.

Require guests to wear face masks

When sending out your invites, be sure to remind your guests to bring their face masks.  When worn correctly, they can reduce the spread of COVID-19.  For proper use, it must cover your nose and mouth without any gaps.  Consider purchasing a small case of face masks to provide your guests in case they forget.

Clean and disinfect highly touched areas

The coronavirus can last anywhere from a few hours to several days on different surfaces.  To prevent the spread of germs, it’s recommended that you regularly disinfect anything people commonly touch.  For instance, light switches, doorknobs, tables, and toilets.

Have hand sanitizer readily available

Setup bottles of hand sanitizer in a designated area to keep your guests outside as much as possible.  Choose a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60 percent alcohol to kill germs.  Usually you only need a quarter sized amount to get your hands clean.  Rub your hands together for 15 to 30 seconds or until they feel dry.

Practice safe distancing

Since the coronavirus can be spread by people without symptoms, it’s a good idea to keep your distance from others.  The CDC recommends staying 6 feet apart.  Try to position tables and other seating options in a way that allows guests to keep a safe distance.  If you have a small backyard, consider holding your event at a local park instead.