Tips for Hosting a Watch Party at Home During COVID-19
The COVID-19 pandemic has transformed so many aspects of our world, but ever since professional sports have made their way back to our televisions, a sense of normalcy has been restored.
It’s a shame we can’t go see the games in-person and tailgate outside of the stadium. Snagging a table at your local sports bar just isn’t the same. The best option we have now is to watch sports from the comfort and safety of our own homes.
If you’re missing the camaraderie of supporting your team with fellow sports fans, having an at-home watch party is a viable option. It may not be the same, but a stay-at-home order allows for new memories and traditions to be made. You might be surprised at how much you prefer small crowds, bringing your own drinks, and ordering private event catering.
If you plan on hosting a watch party, here are some ways you can protect the health of your guests.
Limit invitations to those already in your “bubble.”
Try and limit all gatherings to 10 people or less. If you already have an established social circle, do your best to stay within it. Check in with your guests the morning of the game to make sure they aren’t presenting symptoms of COVID-19 and haven’t had any known exposures to the virus.
Order food in.
Potluck style parties are a no-go in the age of COVID-19. Instead of preparing your own food or having guests bring a dish, order in from a restaurant that you know is following safety guidelines. There are plenty of delicious options for catering in Philadelphia.
Encourage guests to bring their own drinks to the party, or keep the fridge stocked with individual servings that your friends can grab and go. Sharing bottles and mixers allows too much room for germs to be spread among the group.
Ventilate whenever possible.
As we enter the winter months, outdoor venues are becoming less and less appealing for people in cooler climates. If you can, always host your guests outside. However, if you must remain inside, keep some doors and windows open to allow fresh air to circulate the room.
Keep your distance.
Host your watch party in the largest possible space in your house to allow for social distancing. Try to keep your guests’ seats spread at least six feet apart from one another. As hard as it may be, try and control your urge to hug and high five your guests when your team scores.
It might feel ridiculous to wear a mask in the presence of your closest friends and family, but we are all used to it by now! When you aren’t eating or drinking, encourage your guests to wear a mask to prevent the spread of germs. This way, you can yell, cheer, and argue as much as you want!