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Memorial Day weekend is here! Sun, sand and barbecues are calling our name. Stay-at-home orders are loosening but questions are swirling about how we can keep safe during a weekend known for gathering with friends and family.
We asked NorthShore Infectious Disease specialist Jennifer Grant, MD to give us advice on staying safe during this three-day holiday weekend.
How many people can gather for an outside barbecue at home? Spending time outside is safe but don’t let your guard down. A gathering of 10 people or less is preferred. Everyone should still practice social distancing of staying 6 feet apart from others. Frequent hand-washing is essential as is wearing a facemask when social distancing is impossible.
Are indoor parties safe? Indoor parties should be reserved for groups who have been quarantining together, such as families, or with very close family members who also have been practicing social distancing and will continue to practice social distancing. Limit the number to 10 people or less.
What if it rains and my outdoor party becomes an indoor one? If the gathering is just your family or very close family members who have been social distancing and will continue to social distance, it’s safe to move the party indoors. However, everyone should practice social distancing, hand-washing is essential, and facemasks should be worn if social distancing is impossible. If the gathering was not among close family members, it’s better to politely cancel the event and send everyone home.
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