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How to host a Covid-19 safe christmas party

Published: Wednesday 16th December 2020

people at table for covid-19 safe christmas party

For many businesses, Christmas is a time to thank their staff for all their hard work. And this is normally in the form of an end of year festive celebration. With Christmas parties happening imminently, it’s important to ensure the safety of all those involved. No matter what your version of a Christmas party is this year, it’s bound to look at least a little different. But, throwing a Covid-19 safe Christmas party means that doesn’t have to be a bad thing.

If your celebration is coming up in the next week or so and you want to make sure you’re keeping the health and safety of your co-workers at the forefront of the event, check out our tips on how to throw a Covid-19 safe Christmas party.

Covid safe planning

people planning in mask

Hosting a Covid-19 safe Christmas party should start with a discussion about how you are going to stay in line with the current government guidelines in your state or city. Keep monitoring government sites for changes. Acgrind remind you staff of their obligations to abide by any restrictions that are in place.

If you’re going to a venue, ensure they also have a Covid safety plan in place that works alongside your businesses. And ensure all parties are kept up to date on any potential Covid cases.

Have a back up plan

man on zoom call for covid-19 safe christmas party

If 2020 has taught us anything, it’s that having a plan B for any plan A is vital. A sudden spike in Covid resulting is harsher restrictions could throw a spanner in the works of your existing party plans. In case this happens, ensure there are plans in place for a virtual festive event that all staff can attend from their homes. Planning for this in advance will ensure that all staff members are aware of the arrangements and have time to prepare things on their end.

Don’t forget about good hygiene

hand sanitizer and mask at table

If you manage to have an in-personal celebration, make sure you register every person for tracing purposes. Minimize the contact by having one person that everyone must check in with, or use an app that each persona can individually use.

Have hand sanitizer easily available during the whole event. And remind everyone in advance of hygiene practices, social distancing and mask wearing.

Keep to teams

group of people in christmas hats with drinks

While pre-Covid parties would have been an office wide affair, perhaps try to keep it smaller this year. Maybe celebrate within your working teams (marketing, sales etc…). You can use the time to get to know each other a little better!

Plan your catering

covid-19 safe christmas party meal

Single-serve meals are going to be the safest option at any event that takes place this Christmas. While buffets and share-style catering are typically a Christmas party staple, this year calls for the elimination of shared utensils and communal food.

Decide on a start and finish time

festive clock

Ensure your party has an official start and finish time. And make sure staff are aware that any pre or after parties are not authorized by the company. And they will not be compensated for any resulting illnesses.

Health and safety in the workplace

As an employer you have a legal responsibility to protect the health, safety, and welfare of your employees. This extends to the participation of work-authorized events. Remember that the usual health and safety obligations that you have from day to day still apply as well as the Covid specific ones.

And there we have it, everything you need to know about throwing a Covid safe Christmas celebration. Remember, set clear expectations around employee behavior, the consumption of alcohol, and Covid related restrictions. As long as everyone plays by the rules, 2020 might still be in for a successful end!

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