Can We Gather Indoors This Fall?

Lisa C. Community, COVID-19, Daily Life, Settlement & Community News

The weather is becoming cooler these days. As we enter the final quarter of 2020, a couple of holidays are right around the corner. More and more people are asking the question, can we gather indoors this fall?

The short answer is you can, but there are risks you need to keep in mind.

Dr. Theresa Tam, Canada’s top doctor, suggests you ask these four questions to decide whether attending indoor gatherings are right for you.

  1. Are you at high risk of developing serious complications from COVID-19 if you become infected?
  2. Are there people at high risk in your household or close contact bubble that you could unintentionally infect?
  3. Has the host made special arrangements to prevent the spread of COVID-19? E.g. spacing apart chairs or making wearing masks mandatory?
  4. Are you able or willing to make adjustments at the event? E.g. avoid hugging, stepping away if it gets crowded, keeping wearing a mask, or washing your hands frequently?

It is recommended to prioritize which gatherings are most important and reducing other social interactions in the days leading up to the important gatherings.

Word of the Day:

Interaction: communication or direct involvement with someone

More information: https://dailyhive.com/vancouver/indoor-gatherings-fall-coronavirus-theresa-tam