It’s been over a year now……
It’s been well over a year of pivoting schedules, canceling plans, and re-imagining how we work and play in this new world of Covid-19. Last year, at this time, the decision of whether or not to hold a holiday party was simple -- no one did. In fact - in many parts of the country, we were under strict lockdown orders, and couldn’t have gathered together if we wanted to.
The landscape might look a bit different this year, but overall, the looming question remains the same. Is it safe to host a holiday party this winter, 2021? We might be more open, but with covid variants top of mind for many business owners and corporations, many are asking the question - should we hold a holiday party for our employees and teams?
Safety tips for Celebrating
If you do choose to host a holiday celebration with your work crew, we suggest the following Covid Safe planning tips:
1. Remember that Sanitation is TOP priority.
Many venues are required to follow strict safety guidelines. Make sure you are communicating these guidelines and rules to your guests.
Plan on providing extra masks, extra sanitizer, and extra space for your guests as well.
2. Skip the buffet and other congestive serving mechanisms.
People don’t really want to grab an appetizer off of a tray in a room of thousands of people - nor should they!
Stay away from champagne towers, punch bowls, and buffet lines. Replace these with chef serving stations, hip vending machines, and pre-packaged or individually-boxed food experiences.
Food trucks are very popular -- why not hire a few of these to cater your team’s holiday celebration?
3. Think outside the box -- THINK OUTSIDE
Don’t plan your typical office holiday party.
How about a Scavenger Hunt that takes your staff on a trip around town?
Plan a round of “golf” at one of the Top Golf locations in Northern Colorado.
Feeling altruistic? Set up a day of volunteering and give back to the community with your crew.
Perhaps even give your entire staff an extra day off to spend any way they please.
When it comes to celebrating the holidays - there are no said rules -- you can make it up as you go, and thanks to Covid, you have an excuse to “shake things up” a bit!
Whatever you do - RESEARCH & COMMUNICATE
Whatever route you decide to do, it is important that you do two things --
Research and Communicate
It will be up to you to know and follow all of the local, state, and federal rules and precautions. Some of these may impact events. Make sure you are following best practices. It would be bad form to host a party that turns out to be a super spreader - that would not be something to celebrate.
Communicating your company’s Covid-19’s response and preparedness is vital, too. Not only with the vendors and venue you choose to use for your celebration, but with your employees, too. Let them know what your expectations are for the event, and the steps your organization will be taking to keep them safe.
For more information on Larimer County Covid-19 Health protocols and guidance:
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