As Christmas approaches and 2020 draws to an end, The Mesimer Team thanks everyone who supported us through this topsy-turvy year.
We are pleased to have helped clients sell their homes, buy new ones, make improvements and contribute positively to the St. Petersburg community.
The COVID-19 pandemic has decimated what we used to call “normal”- everything from our jobs, social gatherings, shopping – the list goes on and on. While the vaccine promises new hope in arresting the Coronavirus, health guidelines promoted by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) will remain in effect well into the new year.
RE/Max Metro realtor Estelia Mesimer says, while many good deeds have been done, there are many more to accomplish. I hope that all of us resolve to more often extend a helping hand to our neighbors, coworkers, family, friends, and strangers in need.
Celebrating the Holidays Safely During COVID-19
Although the COVID-19 vaccine is being distributed across the country, we still need to continue to stay vigilant through the holidays to help slow the spread of the virus. While it may seem unnatural to turn down invitations to visit with family and friends at this time of year, it is imperative to remember that there is a good reason for it.
There are, however, many ways we can celebrate while still following CDC recommended COVID-19 safety guidelines. Following these guidelines will not only help keep you from getting sick, but it will help you protect your family and friends, especially those who may be at higher risk like the elderly and others with preexisting conditions.
Tips for hosting or attending a gathering
Despite the strong recommendations to stay home and celebrate only with members of one’s own household, many Americans are still planning to celebrate with others. If you’re planning to attend or host a small celebration, the CDC advises you to:
- Discuss expectations ahead of time with your host (or guests, if you are hosting)
- Check COVID-19 infection rates in your community
- Limit the number of people at the gathering
- Host gatherings outdoors when possible
- Open windows for better ventilation, if staying indoors
- Require guests to wear masks, keep distance and wash hands frequently
According to the CDC, “Currently, there is no evidence to suggest that handling food or eating is associated with directly spreading COVID-19, but it is possible that a person can get COVID-19 by touching a surface or object, including food, food packaging or utensils that have the virus on it and then touching their own mouth, nose or eyes.”
CDC Tips when eating and drinking at a holiday gathering
When eating and drinking at a holiday gathering, the CDC advises:
- Guests to bring food for themselves or their own households
- Wearing masks while preparing food and drinks or serving anyone who is not a member of your household
- Taking advantage of single-option servings
- Everyone to wash their hands for 20 seconds before handling or consuming food or drink and after taking out the trash
The best gift you can give this year – the gift of safety
The CDC says the safest way to celebrate Christmas this year is at home with your own household. It advises against traveling to visit relatives, as this can pose a risk for your own health and contribute to spreading the virus between different areas.
BOTTOM LINE: As difficult as it may be to not hug loved ones in person, gathering virtually or with members of our own household poses the lowest risk of spreading or contracting the COVID-19 virus. With a little forethought and creativity we can make this season as festive as ever. Strength for the day – “And This Too Shall Pass” 2 Corinthians 4: 17-18.
St. Petersburg Communities
If you’re interested in any of these of communities or live in one of them and are thinking of selling, call Estelia today!
Greater Pinellas Point
Historic Old Northeast
Historic Roser Park
Isla del Sol