Iowa Specialty Hospital

Follow Safety Precautions If Gathering With Family

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While most parades and other 4th of July activities have been cancelled, the holiday may still serve as a time for family reunions. Although it’s easy to think you can remain safe in these settings remember you don’t know all of the places your extended family members work, visit, or travel.  To keep yourself and your family safe, please follow these precautions:

  • Consider postponing your gathering until later in the year.
  • Hold a “virtual” reunion via technology such as Zoom or Facetime.

If you do gather together:

  • Wear a face mask when not eating.  This one step plays the biggest factor in reducing the spread of COVID to others.
  • Practice good hand hygiene – including the use of hand sanitizer.
  • Hold your event outside where you can practice proper social distancing.
  • Avoid potlucks where others will be in charge of the food preparation and utensils or other items would be handled by multiple people.
  • Bring your own food, drinks, and dishes for your immediate family.
  • In addition, use disposable dishes, cups, and silverware to reduce contact points.

Remember one of the best ways you can celebrate with family is keeping them safe and healthy.

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