Sunday is the Superbowl LV, and all eyes will be on TV screens as the big game between the Kansas City Chiefs and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers unfolds.
In a typical year, we would all gather in pubs, eat hot wings, and drink our favorite adult beverages with our friends and fellow fans of our favorite team.
But this year is not a typical year. This year, we are discouraged from mingling in crowded sports bars, cheering out loud for our team, and participating in all the activities that make the Superbowl Sunday one of America’s most loved events.
Many people are opting instead for small, intimate Superbowl parties that include a few close friends. But how do you ensure you keep yourself and your friends safe, and still enjoy the game?
The best way is to take a few precautions and plan ahead.
The CDC encourages us to avoid Superbowl gatherings and to basically have virtual parties. Boo. Virtual parties aren’t as fun as they try to make them sound. Besides, we all know most people won’t heed the CDC’s warnings, and will take their chances and invite their friends to join them for the game at in-home parties.
If you are one of those people who have opted to host a Superbowl party at your house, the good news is that you can create a safe space while also behaving responsibly. As the host, it’s your job to do your best to mitigate the risk of exposure to Covid to your friends, while also creating an environment that encourages fun and celebration.
Here are 5 suggestions to help you make your home a safe space for the game:
Before your guests arrive, wipe down all your surfaces with disinfectant wipes.
Be a conscientious cleaner by doing it before, during, and after your guests arrive. Stock up on extra bathroom and kitchen surface cleaners and use disposable paper towels in the kitchen and bathroom.
Create a decontamination station at your front door or entrance.
As your guests arrive, direct them to your “Covid Station” so they can sanitize their hands, take their temperatures, and get a mask if they need one. Put a TV tray near your front door that includes hand sanitizer, extra masks, a digital thermometer.
Encourage social distancing in your seating arrangements and in high gathering spaces.
Sitting 6-feet apart outside when the weather is warm is easy. But when you are clustered inside due to cold temperatures separation is more of a challenge. Your distancing plan will probably be imperfect, but it’s better than not trying anything at all. Try removing a couple chairs at your dining table and space out the remaining chairs. Make your kitchen a gather-free zone. No munching and mingling in the kitchen before the game. Pull out TV trays and encourage your guests to use them instead of sitting at the table.
Make one person the “food prepper” and server.
Designate one person in your house to make appetizers or to grill out burgers and brats. Or, better yet, call a local restaurant and order carry out. Offer single-use disposable cutlery, plates, and cups so that clean up is easy and safe.
Post a bathroom protocol list in a conspicuous place. Ask your guests to use sanitizing wipes to wipe down the toilet seat and handle, faucets, sinks tops, and the door knob after each use. Also suggest they wash their hands with soap and dry their hands with disposable paper towels. Add a hand sanitizer on the sink for them before exiting.
These suggestions might not be foolproof, but they might be the only things that keep the virus at bay on Superbowl Sunday. Taking a few precautions before your guests arrive will help you diminish the risk of exposure.
May your favorite team be victorious!