“The way to think about it is that it’s cumulative risk reduction,” he said, adding: “We unfortunately can’t reduce the risk to zero, but we can reduce it significantly. through vaccines, masks and, if people don’t want to wear masks, getting them to do a quick test before meeting.
Another security measure adopted by party planners: the reduction of the guest list, a painful measure for many.
In November, José Xicohténcatl, a public relations professional in Huntington Beach, Calif., who goes by the name Pepe, began planning a large company party with a guest list of 100, the kind the company had. used to have before the pandemic. But then Covid cases started to climb in California.
The company decided to move the party to an outdoor area with heaters and limit attendance to employees only – no customers and no more. Mr. Xicohténcatl asked guests to present proof of vaccination and booster or a negative test taken within the last 48 hours.
His priority is to make sure employees feel comfortable and safe, Mr. Xicohténcatl said.
“One of the things we had to do this year was to make sure we had face-to-face time at least,” he said, adding that when cases started to rise again, it was “like if the Grinch had stolen Christmas”.
“We can no longer go out and party like we did in 2019,” Mr Xicohténcatl said.
Newsday, the Long Island newspaper, ended an evening in the newsroom when Covid cases began to rise in the area. The party, scheduled for mid-December, was to include an ugly holiday sweater raffle, a snowman-building contest, a photo booth and an appearance by the newspaper’s mascot, Scoop.
Newsday spokesperson Kim Grabina-Como said the party was canceled because “the health and safety of our employees has always been our #1 priority.”
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