Your first response to this was probably, “Don’t.” Right now, that makes sense. But let’s be honest: we’re looking at potentially months of on and off COVID suppression tactics, and we can’t go that entire time without connection.
We have a unique opportunity to create space for community and connection as folks are lonely and stir crazy from isolating in their homes. If you’re healthy and feel comfortable hosting friends, coworkers, and neighbors over for dinner, here’s a few guidelines to do so intelligently.
- Don’t host if you are sick, if you’ve interacted with sick people, or if you have someone in your life that’s got a weak immune system.
- Clean and disinfect your living and eating space before and after having people over.
- Wash your hands often, especially before preparing or serving food.
- Eat and hang out outside if the weather’s nice.
- Keep your gathering under 5 or 6 people.
- Put on fun music.
- Talk about things you’re thankful for or excited about.
- Practice gratitude together: pray before the meal, ask if there’s anything you can pray for them about.
- Invite people to linger if they want after dinner. Go for a walk in your neighborhood or watch an episode of Parks and Rec together.
Finally, if you can’t meet for a season, think about hosting a Zoom dinner party. We’re all getting good at it anyway.