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Social Distancing Parties Birthday Parades, and Virtual Events

Hopefully we won't need to do these for much longer, but for now....

I've done several social distancing parties since the pandemic began. Of course it's not like the good old days, but a party can go a long way in restoring your sanity. Interacting with friends restores your mental health, which is especially important when you've been going through changes (like working from home).

Special events (birthdays, anniversaries, graduations, etc.) need to be commemorated. It's hard to make a special event special through a screen, no matter how good Zoom is.

Many people have come up with very creative ways to mark an occasion or just have fun. Here's a few that I have personal experience with...

Social Distancing Party

It's exactly what it sounds like. A gathering in which all guests maintain at least 6 feet (2 meters) distance at all times. Logistics can be difficult, arranging the area to make it conducive to maintaining distances and disinfecting surfaces and items.

It's easier to do outside, on private property. You can do it in a park or public area, but then you run the risk of strangers gatecrashing your party. If you have young kids at the party, it can also be difficult to keep them away from each other. Children tend to get excited and forget, if they even understand the concept to begin with.