“The way to think about it is that it’s cumulative risk reduction,” he said, adding, “Unfortunately we can’t get the risk to zero, but we can through vaccines, masks and, if the People don’t want to significantly reduce wear masks and have them do a quick test before meeting.
Another safety precaution party throwers take: trimming the guest list, a painful measure for many.
In November, José Xicohténcatl, a public relations professional in Huntington Beach, California, who goes by the name Pepe, began planning a large corporate party with a guest list of 100, just like the company used to have before the pandemic. But then Covid cases in California started to rise.
The company decided to move the party to an outdoor area with heaters and limit attendance to employees only — no customers and no plus ones. Mr. Xicohténcatl has asked guests to provide proof of vaccination and booster vaccinations or a negative test taken within the last 48 hours.
His priority is to make sure employees feel comfortable and safe. said Xicohténcatl.
“One of the things we had to do this year was make sure we at least have some time to talk,” he said, adding that when the cases surfaced again, “it felt like the Grinch stole Christmas.” had”.
“We can’t go out and party like we did in 2019,” said Mr. Xicohténcatl.
Newsday, the Long Island newspaper, pulled the plug on a newsroom party as Covid cases began to rise in the area. The party, planned for mid-December, was to include a raffle for ugly Christmas sweaters, a snowman-making contest, a photo booth and an appearance by newspaper mascot Scoop.
Newsday spokeswoman Kim Grabina-Como said the party was canceled because “the health and safety of our employees is always our #1 priority.”