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Summer Party Safety Tips

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After months of quarantining and isolating and Zooming, many people are ready to get out and about again. Seeing friends can ease anxiety in these very stressful days.

As you make plans to gather with family and friends this summer, health experts want you to please do it safely. Having your gathering outside where, ideally, there is more space to social distance properly is the best option.

First, it’s important to consider the size of your gathering. The number of guests should also depend on how much space you have. While gatherings of up to 50 people is allowed across the state now that Illinois moved into the fourth phase of its reopening plan, a smaller gathering poses less risk. Place chairs and tables spaced apart to adhere to social-distancing protocols.

Next, decide who you should invite. Consider the age, health status and general comfort level of your guests, as well as your own immediate family. If they are older or immunocompromised, they might be more at risk.

Here are some tips to help you provide for a safe party environment:

  • Encourage people to wear masks. Don’t take it personally if a friend isn’t ready to get together.
  • As the party host, clean and disinfect everything, tables, chairs and common areas before, during and after the party. Keep out wipes and hand sanitizer for continual cleaning of all high-touch areas your guests have access to.
  • Not everyone is comfortable offering bathroom privileges. Keep a time limit for your gathering. If you let guests use your bathroom. put out wipes, lots of soap and hand sanitizer.
  • If you plan on firing up the grill, this will not be like your typical barbecue. You should arm yourself with a plan so that people have as few touch-points and interactions as possible.
  • Use disposable dishes and utensils. You can also have a system where people pick up a plate of food rather than serve themselves. People serving food or drinks should wear masks and gloves.
  • Never share utensils, drinks or food. Instead of community condiments, put them in a bowl and have everyone use their own utensil to serve themselves.
  • Everyone needs to stay hydrated and drink lots of water. The best case scenario is providing drinks in individual cans or bottles so guests can help themselves.
  • Instead of a barbecue, a safe option is to have a BYOB and BYO food, as well as BYO everything else gathering.

All in all, use common sense, be aware of the guidelines to keep COVID-19 from crashing your event.

By Sherry Wells

Party Places

Odyssey Fun World  – Tinley Park
The place for out of this world family fun for all ages!  OUTDOOR PARK NOW OPEN! All summer long we will offer 4 hours of Unlimited Go Karts, Mini Golf, Bumper Boats and Batting Cages for just $24.99! Tickets may be purchased in advance at Indoor facility and birthday parties will be available as soon as we can safely do so, visit website or call 708-429-3800 for more info. 19111 S. Oak Park Avenue, Tinley Park.

SAFARI LAND – Villa Park
Safari Land is the ultimate, INDOOR entertainment center, plus home of the largest year-round indoor roller coaster in Illinois. Open seven days a week, offering eight amusement rides, over 100 arcade games and 12 lanes of bowling. Ride wristband includes: Tilt-A-Whirl, Bumper Cars, Merry-Go-Round, Monkey Jump, Soft Play Area, Max Flight Simulator, Roller Coaster & Kiddie Go-Karts. Free parking and a perfect spot for birthday parties!  For more information visit or call 630-530-4649.

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