Holiday Gatherings: 6 Precautions You Should Take If Hosting

Christmas is near; how are you planning on spreading cheer? Do you plan on gathering together virtually or in person? If you do choose to get together with your loved ones in person, it is important to encourage your guests to take extra precautions before, during, and after their visit.

1. Encourage Guests to Get Tested Prior

To help keep you and your guests safe, make it a requirement for every person in attendance to get tested before coming over. Even though your guests may think they are fine, they could be asymptomatic and not know that they have it. It’s better to be safe than sorry.

2. Limit Attendance

Instead of inviting all your extended family, consider limiting the number of families in attendance. With fewer attendees, it means lower risk of spreading the virus.

3. Use Outdoor Spaces

If possible, try to hold all the festivities, especially the main meal, outdoors if you can. If this is not an option, try to use an indoor space that is well ventilated and allows for physical distancing. If the gathering is being held indoors, try to keep the windows and doors open to get air flow through the home. It also may be beneficial to use portable air cleaners to help reduce the risk of spreading the virus. 

4. Keep Extra Personal Protective Equipment On Hand

As the host, it’s a good idea to be prepared. Keep extra masks, hand sanitizer, and tissues on hand for any guests who may not have brought their own. 

5. Use Disposable Items

To help limit the spread of COVID-19, use disposable products such as single use plates, utensils, and to-go containers. It not only makes for easy cleanup, but it also is more sanitary. 

6. Promote Social Distancing

If guests are going to be at your home, make sure to remind them to social distance as much as possible. 

Contact South Coast Medical if You’re Feeling Sick

We want you to have a safe and healthy holiday season.

We want to make sure your health is optimized at all times.  We also want to be mindful that COVID-19 still has a presence here in Southern California.

If you are not feeling well and would like to get the Sofia 2 Rapid COVID-19 test, please call us at (949) 360-1069 to schedule an appointment. 

If you would like to set up an in-person or telemedicine visit, our hours of operation are: 

Monday-Friday: 8:00 a.m.- 7:00 p.m.

Saturday: 9:00 a.m.- 3:00 p.m.

Sunday: 10:00 a.m.- 3:00 p.m.

The safety of our patients and staff is our top priority. We are located in Aliso Viejo, California, and we offer a wide range of services such as urgent and primary care, sports medicine, and x-rays. If you need help with any of these services, please contact us at (949) 389- 8968. We appreciate the trust our patients have in us and look forward to being of service to you.