Holiday Gatherings During a Pandemic

Denise GillinNews

By Josh Mountz, M.Ed, Prevention Specialist, Compass Mark

As people begin to think of holiday celebrations, it’s important to point out that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) offers safety guidelines to protect individuals and communities by preventing the spread of COVID-19. Click here to read the guidelines and note they should be used in collaboration with state and local health official considerations. Also, according to the CDC, gatherings with family and friends who do not live with you can increase the chances of getting or spreading the virus or the flu.

For anyone planning even the smallest of gatherings, in addition to pandemic precautions, remember your guests may not want to drink for a variety of reasons. If your guests do decide to drink, you could be responsible for their actions after they leave the party. Be a responsible host. Use the CDC events and gatherings readiness and planning tool as well as the following tips when serving alcohol:

  • Make sure that there are plenty of non-alcoholic options for those who choose not to drink. If someone decides not to drink do not question them or pressure them to change their mind.
  • Keep an eye on the level of intoxication of your guests. Do not continue to serve anyone who appears visually intoxicated.
  • If someone seems intoxicated, make sure that they have a ride home. Call a cab, use ride shares, carpool.  Do your part to make sure that they arrive home safely.
  • Remain sober as a host so you can keep track of your guests!

We want everyone to have a safe and healthy holiday season. Do your part to help keep everyone protected.

For more information about alcohol use, prevention, and recovery options in your area, reach out to Compass Mark at or 717-299-2831 for help.

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