By Jamel Brown
As the holiday season rolls around, it is tradition that people are going to want to come together to have a good time. But as we all know we have a pandemic on our hands that has been and still is affecting our country, and the activities that we pursue in our everyday lives. A lot of big events that happen around this time of the year with holidays like Christmas, New Year’s, Hanukkah, and Kwanzaa are going to have changes to the parades or any other celebrations because of safety and health hazards.
Now you may ask the question: “How is the New Year’s celebration going to be a hazard? Won't people be watching the ball drop on their televisions?” Well yes for some but think about the people who have the desire to watch it in real time. Think about the people in the crowds who are waiting, shoulder to shoulder to see the New Year arrive. They are at risk. How will this all play out?
The CDC has recommendations to help combat problems of being in populated areas such as: “Maintain a distance of at least 6 feet or more from people who don’t live in your household. Be particularly mindful in areas where it may be harder to keep this distance, such as check-in areas, parking lots, and routes of entry and exit.” They also have recommendations for avoiding overpopulated areas like, “Arrive at the event early or at off-peak times to avoid crowding and congested areas.” There are going to be some drastic changes to this year's celebrations, but we must respect and embrace them so that everyone is safe. So remember your holiday isn’t ruined, you just have to plan it differently.