Hosting or attending a “homegate” this Saturday? Follow these simple steps to help yourself, your family and your community stay healthy!

Move the party outdoors, and enjoy the beautiful weather this weekend! If this is not feasible, make sure the room or space is well-ventilated (for example, open a window).

Clean hands often. Make sure there’s plenty of soap available and use single-use hand towels or paper towels for drying hands so guests do not share a towel. If soap and water are not readily available, use a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol. Cover all surfaces of your hands and rub them together until they feel dry.

Limit the number of people handling or serving food. Consider identifying one person to serve all food so that multiple people are not handling the serving utensils. Single-serve options are also a great idea. Use individual containers so guests can grab-and-go, such as small bowls or plastic cups filled with a dip, fruit, or veggies and pre-wrapped cookies.

Encourage social distancing. Arrange tables and chairs to allow for social distancing. People from the same household can be in groups together and don’t need to be 6 feet apart.

Clean and disinfect commonly touched surfaces frequently. Use touchless garbage cans or pails. If you choose to use any shared items that are reusable such as napkins or tablecloths, be sure to wash and sanitize them after the event.

Stay home if you are sick or have been directly exposed to someone who is sick. This includes, COVID-19, flu, strep, stomach virus, etc.

Wear a mask when less than 6 feet apart from people or indoors.

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