Tips to Celebrate New Year’s During Covid

Celebrating New Year’s In India During Covid – What To Keep In Mind

We’ve all been languishing in our homes since the coronavirus took over our lives. So you want to have a grand New Year party with your friends to usher in 2022 and leave the horrendous last two years in the dust. We’re totally with you in that regard.

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However, let’s not be under the delusion that once it’s 2022, Covid would simply cease to exist. It’s here to stay for quite a while. So the best way to celebrate New Year this time is to keep it low-key, preferably virtual happy hours. But if you really want to, you could even set out on a trip with your buddies and have a blast. Just remember to take into account the Covid regulations and your own safety and those around you.

Keeping this in mind, here are some tips to celebrate New Year’s During Covid.

Choosing Your Destination

In a normal scenario, you could set out on an impromptu trip to celebrate New Year. Well, not this time. You want to be a lot more careful now. So when choosing your destination, look for places that offer outdoor activities – maybe go camping or a resort with large open spaces. This is because when you’re outside, there’s little risk of transmitting the virus as the particles disperse in the air. Indoor spaces with less ventilation lead to greater risk.

Also, don’t plan on long-distance trips. A weekend getaway location, preferably within your state, would be ideal given the circumstances. Since it’s the New Year, there’ll definitely be more people setting out to party. Try to keep off the beaten path as you should be as away from strangers as possible. If you’re going overseas, don’t forget to check the country’s policies on quarantine and Covid restrictions.

Keep Your Circle Small

The rule of thumb with regards to Covid is that the more people, the greater the risk of infection. So, if you’re planning on a getaway to celebrate the New Year, only invite your closest friends – preferably less than five people – and whom you’ve met often during the pandemic. It’s a lot safer to socialize with the same group often than with different people.

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Even so, remember that some people may carry the virus and still be asymptomatic, so exercise caution as best you can. If it’s a family outing you’re planning and you have senior citizens or people with medical conditions, skipping this trip for now is in your best interest.

Setting Out

Again, we recommend that you go to a spot within proximity of your city. Avoid using public transport – particularly buses even if they’re available, to maintain social distancing from other travelers and reduce the risk of infection. If you have to opt for these modes of transport, do thorough research first, depending on whether you’re planning to choose a state transport bus or a private bus service.

Trains also have reduced availability and occupancy during the pandemic. They might not be the best option, but they’re certainly safer than buses. Flights do have proper Covid precautionary measures in place, so those going on long-distance journeys can avail of them.

If it’s a short-distance trip, hire a vehicle.  Even better, use your personal vehicles. A New Year party would typically mean boozing. If that’s the case, just don’t drink and drive. Or maybe have a designated driver. A DUI is a complication you must always steer away from – particularly during a pandemic.

Also read: How To Take Trains During Covid

A Safe Celebration

While you’re at your destination with your friends, ensure that the place follows social distancing norms along with all the Covid safety guidelines – masks, regular sanitizing, and the likes. Don’t forget to have your own mask and sanitizer too. If there are other guests at the hotel/resort, social distancing is the way to go. Swimming pools are best avoided because you can’t wear masks while you’re in one and social distancing becomes all the more difficult if there are unfamiliar people around.

While coronavirus isn’t known to spread through food and drink, the utensils and glasses to hold them definitely carry a risk. So remember to sanitize your hands and ensure that the hotel staff serving you food and drink are following suit. Avoid restaurants and bars, if possible, and instead, opt for an outdoor option. That way, you can be a lot safer from corona, look at the stars as you welcome the new year.

Things To Remember While Celebrating New Year’s During Covid

  • Check the news for updates on Covid in your city and the location of your destination. Be up-to-date on the lockdown regulations.
  • Don’t be under the impression that you’re not at risk from Covid. Strictly follow social distancing norms – particularly with unfamiliar people. Always have your mask on and have a sanitizer.
  • Even if you’ve developed symptoms of regular flu, it’s best that you cancel the trip. You don’t want to take any undue risk that could endanger you or those around you.
  • After you reach home, get lots of rest and stay at home for as long as possible. For an added precaution, get a medical checkup done.
  • In case you have developed symptoms of coronavirus and have
  • tested positive, inform your group as well as your holiday destination so that all necessary measures are taken.

FAQs

How Do You Celebrate 31st?

Go Party: New Year’s Eve and parties are something that go hand-in-hand. Check out the many pubs or even go to a party destination like Goa where you can have an absolute blast!

Have A House Party: You don’t necessarily need to go outside to have fun. Why not invite some friends, have some food and booze, and blast some music to have a great time!

Do Nothing: How about just snuggling under a blanket with some hot chocolate and watching your favorite movie?

How Can I Make New Year’s Eve Fun At Home?

Celebrating New Year’s Eve at home has become all the more important thanks to the pandemic, but it doesn’t mean that it has to be boring!

Host A House Party: Taking all the necessary precautions and keeping all the regulations in mind, you could host a house party with loud music, great food, and your best friends!

Spend Quality Time With Family: Take the opportunity to have fun with your loved ones. Watch a movie with them and if you have young kids, organize a treasure hunt!

Put On Your Chef’s Hat: Even if you’re not great at cooking, why not try your hand at whipping up something delicious that goes with the festival? If nothing, even a steaming mug of chocolate would do.

Is It Ok To Spend New Years Alone?

If it works for you, it’s totally okay to spend the New Year alone. You could have a video call with friends and family, prepare or order delicious meals for yourself, and watch all your favorite movies. Or you could just turn in early!

What Precautions Can I Take To Avoid Contracting Covid-19?

Four simple precautions can greatly help in reducing the risk of getting Covid-19:

Wear A Mask: Covid spreads when an infected person talks, coughs, or sneezes, releasing the virus particles in the air. Wearing a mask, especially the N95, can help in reducing the spread of the virus.

Wash Your Hands: Your hands touch a lot of surfaces, which may have the virus, and then touching your eyes, nose, or mouth can lead you to get infected. To remedy that, wash your hands regularly with soap and water, or a hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol.

Maintain Safe Distance: Keeping at least 6-feet distance from others means you’re not in close contact with someone who may be infected. Combine social distancing with a mask, and you’re even safer!

Get Vaccinated: Vaccination drives have begun. So make sure that you register yourself for the shot on the Aarogya Setu app. Keep in mind that getting vaccinated doesn’t make you immune to the virus, it only makes you more resistant to it. So the other three precautions mentioned above still apply!

Is Covid-19 Airborne?

Coronavirus spreads when an infected person talks, coughs, or sneezes, and releases aerosols in the air, putting a person who is within 6 feet of them at risk.

Can The Covid-19 Survive In Drinking Water?

As of now, there’s no evidence of the Covid virus surviving in drinking water.

Can Covid-19 Enter Into The Body By The Hands?

Yes, your hands touch many surfaces that may be contaminated by the virus. Touching your eyes/nose/mouth with thus unwashed hands can increase the risk of you getting infected. That’s why it’s important to wash your hands and use alcohol-based hand sanitizer.

Can The Coronavirus Disease Spread Through Feces?

Chances of the coronavirus spreading through feces are very low. So you needn’t worry about the virus spreading this way.

What Are The Possible Modes Of Transmission Of Covid-19?

Covid virus spreads through direct or indirect contact through an infected person’s saliva or their respiratory droplets when they cough, sneeze or talk.

What Kind Of Mask Is Recommended To Prevent Covid-19 Transmission?

WHO recommends using fabric masks to prevent transmission where social distancing is not possible. Wearing masks is important as people who are infected can transmit the virus even before showing symptoms.

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