"I think there is beauty in everything. What 'normal' people perceive as ugly, I can usually see something of beauty in it."—Alexander McQueen

"I think there is beauty in everything. What 'normal' people perceive as ugly, I can usually see something of beauty in it."—Alexander McQueen

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Precautions to Take When Organizing a Gathering Post-pandemic

Remember how we used to believe that the pandemic would be over in a matter of days and that our lives would return to normal? Well, it happened that the pandemic extended its stay, and to keep the world rolling, we humans have discovered new ways to get things done while maintaining social distancing and other safety regulations.

People worldwide have now fully embraced the concept of online shopping, whether for groceries, clothing, or anything else. Even valuables are now available for online purchases.

Similarly, with schools and universities shut, children’s education was compromised. Again, the internet proved to be a blessing as online classes took over the traditional learning practices. Businesses, companies, and start-ups started pitching clients and holding meetings and conferences over video calls.

However, the one thing that has become challenging are celebrations, events, and gatherings. Many people turned to virtual celebrations, but it was compromised. Also, not all occasions, such as a marriage between two individuals living in separate areas of the world, can be held online.

Thankfully, the pandemic and the lockdown have gradually eased in several countries, including the United States. Everyone is slowly resuming routine, although with a fresh outlook and strict measures. Hence, event facilities such as sports clubs, conference centers, and business centers are now open for workshops, conferences, meetings, parties, celebrations, and ceremonies but with caution and accountability.

Suppose you arrange a little gathering to reconnect, throw a promotion party, or prepare a long-delayed wedding. These crucial steps must be taken in a pandemic. However, be sure not to replace them but follow them in coordination with concerned authorities’ regulations.

Fewer headcounts

With the pandemic lingering in the air, social distancing is a must. As a result, regardless of the type of event, it is better to invite only a few people. If it’s some ceremony or celebration, make a list of close relatives and friends. If the event is some business or social meet, only the important and required ones should be invited. Also, because covid-19 can spread within 6 feet (1.83 m), ensuring ;you’re gathering space is large enough.

No-touch rule

The whole point of social distance is to keep physical contact to a bare. The virus is contagious and has a long lifespan. As a result, it’s up to you to maintain decency and inform your guests about the need to avoid physical contact before the gathering. Implement a no-touch policy that prohibits handshakes, hugs, fist bumps, and other physical pleasantries. You can request them to greet with a simple wave, air hugs, and other gestures.

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100% protection

There will be a get-together after a long time, and you will be able to wear that gorgeous clothing you’ve kept in your wardrobe since who knows when. But in your eagerness, don’t forget to wear your masks and gloves, and urge your guests to do so as well. You should provide these items for those who fail to put them on.

Healthcare facilities

Whether it’s a party, business event, recreational activities, or anything else, it is a must to have a professional medical team on-site in case of an uncontrollable crisis. Besides, each attendee should be screened for corona or be requested to bring the most recent report. God forbid, but if someone is found to be corona positive, don’t freak and don’t let the guests panic either. Instead, seek the advice of professionals and adhere to their instructions.

Sanitization

Washrooms and food counters are the significant causes for the spread of covid-19. As a result, in addition to requesting guests to sanitize themselves, it is critical to thoroughly sanitize and disinfect the washrooms and food booths. Since the celebration is sure to last several hours, it is impossible to keep the guests from accessing these. Hence, it is your responsibility to guarantee that the guests are exposed to clean and hygienic places.

Risk management

Before the event, print and distribute the risk management handbook to all attendees. This is a friendly way of delivering your point that anyone in danger or affected should not attend the event. The manual should also cover all the health and safety measures that will be followed throughout the event.

It is advisable not to participate in social events during a pandemic since it is unsafe. However, if it’s necessary, you must completely stick to the regulations. After all, health and safety come first; everything else can wait.

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