Labor Day is the traditional time to get together with friends and family for picnics, barbecues, and pool parties. However, the pandemic has thrown a wrench into the works.
You don’t need to skip out on the celebration, though! You can still have plenty of fun and stay safe.
Keep It Small
The indoor and outdoor social gathering limit is 15 people in Rhode Island. While this may not be the massive celebration you’d hoped for, it will make it simpler to organize and less expensive, too.
You’ll still enjoy the company of others, as long as you provide a safe controlled environment. Maintain at least 6 feet between individuals and if that’s not possible wear masks.
If guests are coming from another state and the rate of positive cases is greater than 5%, they must quarantine for 14 days. Either that or they must take a COVID-19 test (and have a negative result) no more than 72 hours before your event.
Consider Gathering Virtually
Video conferencing platforms like Zoom have made it possible to celebrate with others, even when they’re far away. Consider a long distance board game night challenge, an adult wine or beer tasting party, or even a virtual movie night.
Everyone stays safe and has plenty of fun, plus you don’t need to worry about social distancing when you stick with the safe members of your household circle.
Take It Outdoors
The coronavirus loves enclosed spaces and close proximity. Choose to celebrate outdoors whenever possible.
A trip to the beach or a barbecue is still possible, with the right precautions. Consider buying or making funny masks and designate an area for each set of people for their personal belongings.
Project a movie onto a screen in the backyard, pop popcorn, and toast s’mores. Fireworks can also add a touch of fun to festivities, but ensure they’re only handled by adults in a safe area away from flammable materials.
Creative Local Events
People will always innovate when faced with a challenge and Rhode Island residents are no different. Check out these fun activities offered in our state to enjoy on Labor Day. They include a self-guided walking tour, live mixology classes, virtual museum tours, theater performances, concerts, painting classes, and podcasts.
Don’t Chance It
If you want to stay safe, you can’t afford to let your guard down. Unfortunately, some people believe they’re immune to the virus or the pandemic is a hoax. Even if they don’t feel sick, they can pass the virus onto others.
When inviting guests, make sure they know the rules beforehand. If they don’t like the host’s rules, they don’t have to attend. Provide hand sanitizer, disinfecting wipes, and make masks available just in case someone forgets their own.
If you’re serving alcohol, keep a close eye on the guests. They may ignore social distancing when inhibitions fall. A gentle reminder is usually all it takes to get them to move away or wear a mask.
Have a safe and enjoyable Labor Day!