Tips on Attending a Wedding Safely During the Pandemic
The festivals are over and now come the wedding seasons but the pandemic still remains. Many couples postponed their ceremonies earlier in the year due to the Corona virus believing that either it will pass or become weaker, but it is still on and still strong. The gold standard for a safe ceremony is outdoors, with a mask and with respect for social distancing and hand washing.
First and foremost: If you don’t feel comfortable attending a wedding during this time, it’s more than OK to politely decline the invitation. Attending a wedding during COVID is an unnecessary risk which can be avoided, best is to send the gift and good wishes to the couple from a distance.
However, if it is very necessary to attend, we have listed a few ways in which one can be a responsible wedding guest. Do remember that the event won’t be like the weddings as they had been in the past, but it will be lovely in its own unique way.
Keep Your Distance
If any of the event characteristics sound risky or go beyond comfort levels, there’s always the option to politely modify your approach, based on your risk tolerance. It’s best to stand at the back and watch from a distance than joining the crowd and risking yourself. It may be challenging, but with a little extra care, you can still celebrate with your friends and family from a safe distance.
Remember That Mask
Wearing a mask is one of the most effective ways you, as a wedding guest, can ensure the safety of yourself and others. Even if outdoors, comply with safety guidelines and wear a mask if you’re within six feet of another person. Sporting a protective face covering, matching your outfit, it is the new chic thing, so go ahead and flaunt it.
Wash Your Hands Often
It’s important to wash and sanitize your hands as often as possible. If you use the bathroom, wear a mask and wash your hands with soap and warm water for 20 seconds. It is recommended to keep a hand sanitizer nearby so that you can clean your hands throughout the celebration. Some couples are handing out hand sanitizer as a welcome gift or as a favor, but like masks, bringing your own is the best just to be safe.
Stay Outside Whenever Possible
The outdoor component is especially important, as the studies show the corona virus spreads more in indoor environments with low humidity. If the ceremony is indoors, time your arrival such that, reach right when it starts and leave immediately once it’s over. If the couple is indoors for some reason, wait until they come outside to speak with them.
Socially Distance as Much as Possible Beforehand
If you’re attending a wedding during the corona virus pandemic, it’s a smart idea to socially distance before the event. That means limiting any unnecessary contact with others for about two weeks ahead of the event. That way, you can feel confident that you’ve lessened your chances of contracting the virus and spreading it at the wedding. You can also get tested before the event to confirm whether or not you have the virus.
Some basic rules to bear in mind include keeping the mask on when near anyone, being mindful of seating arrangements, limiting contact at the buffet area, bar and at other decor areas. Doing so will make everyone safe, enjoyable and memorable. So be safe and keep reading!!