no fees unless we win

Suffolk (631) 621-6183

Nassau (516) 240-9904

proudly serving all of long island
Millions recovered in verdicts & settlements for our clients since 1994
click here to requestyour free consultation
click here to requestyour free consultation

Have A Covid Friendly New Years

2020 is coming to an end and it seems to be a year that’s lasted forever and yet somehow flown by very quickly. Like a nightmare we can’t wait to wake up from, many are optimistic for a light at the end of the tunnel in 2021. Unfortunately, serije online, friends online sa prevodom, filmovi online sa prevodom the nightmare is not over as of right now, with New York being at the peak of the second wave of the spread of the covid-19 / coronavirus pandemic. Like everything else in 2020, we are ending the year with a blog on a Covid-friendly version of New Year’s Day.

Many from around the world think of New York City when they think of New Years. The infamous “ball drop” in time square gathers massive crowds of people witnessing the event in person. The event is broadcasted on almost every major station, with millions watching the event or having it on in the background while hosting their New Year’s parties. This year will be different. The number of people physically allowed in time square is going to be a small fraction of what it usually is. This is a socially distanced, highly exclusive group of selected attendees. Aside from these honorees who will “ reflect the themes, challenges and inspirations of 2020, the majority of the ball drop event will mostly take place virtually. All of us are encouraged to stay home for our New Year’s celebrations this year.

Covid-Safe New Year’s Plans

The technical rule for gatherings is to have no more than ten people at a gathering. Although this is allowed, having others come to your house or going to someone else’s house is not encouraged. According to the CDC , “The safest way to celebrate the new year is to celebrate at home with the people who live with you or virtually with friends and family. Staying home is the best way to protect yourself and others. Travel and gatherings with family and friends who do not live with you can increase your chances of getting and spreading COVID-19 or the flu.”

If You Are Invited to A New Year’s Celebration

If you are going to someone’s house for a New Year’s Celebration, following the same social distancing guidelines are imperative. Gatherings outdoors are always safer than being indoors, so dress warm in case your host is having it outdoors. Additionally, wearing a mask at all times will reduce particle spread. Even if you are wearing a scarf, a mask should be worn underneath. Also as per usual, stay at least six feet apart from those who do not live in the same household. Finally, do not be afraid to turn down your New Year’s invitation this year. Do what’s best for you.

If You Are Hosting A New Year’s Celebration

If you are hosting a New Year’s Celebration, consider if at all possible having the event outdoors. If you have a heating lamp, this is a good option as staying outdoors is always safer than having people inside. Either way, communicating with your guests is key to make sure everyone is on the same page and being safe. Disinfect and keep the surfaces of your house clean. Encourage your guests to prepare their own food and bring their own utensils. Have extra masks available in case someone forgets.

If You Are Staying Home

If you decide to stay home for New Years, then great! You can still have fun and ensure your family is safe. Decorate, play music, and have a dance party with the people you live with.

Or, you can have a pajama party and watch your favorite movies or play games. Finally, plan a special meal or dessert with your family. Call, text, or leave a voicemail for family, friends, and neighbors wishing them a happy new year. Call friends and family to count down to the new year together. Plan a neighborhood countdown to midnight. People who live with each other can stand in front of their house and cheer together at midnight.

You can also Watch a live streamed firework display, concert, or other New Year’s programming from your home, including the Times Square New Year’s Eve ball drop. Many events like these are happening across the United States. Finally, set new year resolutions. This year was unexpected for everyone, so setting goals for a brighter 2021 is something we could all hope for.

About the Author

Steven Palermo is the managing partner for Palermo Law, Long Island’s Personal Injury Law Firm. He has been helping people receive compensation for their injuries for over 21 years. He focuses on cases involving car accidents, truck accidents, construction accidents and slip and fall injuries.

His book The Ultimate Guide to Handling New York Car Accident Claims details the ins and outs of a car accident claim in a simple, easy-to-read manner.