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Don’t let one night of partying become a life-altering COVID mistake

Over 3,000 people in Lakewood have had COVID this year, and 16 Lakewood residents have died. And for some of those who survive COVID, they face long-term breathing disabilities and other impairments.

Most COVID infections occur between friends and extended family.

Remember, someone could have COVID, not know they are infected or even feel sick, and be highly contagious to others. They may even have tested negative recently.

Here are some tips for a fun and creative New Year’s celebration SAFELY at home:

  • Send e-invitations to friends and family to arrange a time to gather virtually on Zoom, or chat in a Facebook group you create.
  • Set a theme, including a dress code. Dressing up can add to the celebratory mood. Encourage attendees to use a fun Zoom background. Play music that’s upbeat but not too loud for conversation.
  • Consider easy group activities, such as trivia contests, bingo, karaoke, or sharing predictions or resolutions for the coming year.
  • Or… turn off all the devices, make some snacks and settle in for the evening with your immediate family to play a board game or work a puzzle, and contemplate all the things we can still be grateful for in this challenging year.

As we go into the new year…with vaccines just a few months away for most of us…let’s not let our guard down. We want to make it safely to a vaccine and the end of the pandemic.

But until then, we need to continue with the keys to staying safe:

  • Keep conversations with others from outside your household outdoors, brief and maintain your social distance.
  • Wear a mask, especially if there’s a chance you’ll be briefly within 6’ of someone outside your household.
  • Wash your hands regularly, and wash your masks regularly too.
  • Maintain your immune system. Eat well, get some exercise and plenty of rest.

Here’s to a Healthy and Happy New Year for everyone in Lakewood!

This article was released by the City of Lakewood.

1 Comment

  1. In Lakewood and other LA County cities my friends are miserable. They bring their children to play in Orange County parks (soccer game going on now). Parents come to OC as many restaurants have kept their outside patios open. NYE gatherings are planned in homes and at restaurants. Our way of protesting the communist-like rules of Gov Newsom.

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