Wow. Did this year fly by painfully slow but insanely fast to you? If so, you’re definitely now alone. All I can remember from this past March was the anticipation of getting this year over with when the news first dropped of COVID-19 cases, but now I’m even more nervous of what 2021 has in store.
Despite the year of 2021 remaining uncertain, one thing can be guaranteed for New Years Eve: that you are surrounded by your loved ones (of course with COVID recommended guidelines and restrictions). The year of 2020 was very insightful, eye opening, and draining. Therefore, what better way to bring in the new year than surrounded by those who make you happy or mean the most to you? Hundreds and thousands of lives were taken during the pandemic because of the virus. Celebrate the life of yours and those still around you.
So, what is the best way to do that you might ask? The majority of states throughout the country will have shut down their outdoor restaurants and clubs, due to the pandemic. However, you can still have a very small gathering (10 people or less) in private spaces. I would recommend that everyone get a COVID test before New Years Eve/Day if you plan on being around them to reduce the spreading rates. If you have to celebrate around other people outside of your home, do your part in reducing/containing COVID to a minimum. When possible, have the gathering outdoors. If that’s not possible be sure to have the windows open so that there is a constant flow of air. Be sure to wear your mask and disinfect often.
I definitely want to keep the New Year of 2021 spirit alive because we NEED to have something good to look forward to! Whether that’s getting dressed up just to sit in my house, friends, or wherever, it’s still important to look and feel your best regardless of where you are. Therefore, decorate the private space for the holiday celebration and that’ll help distract you from everything else happening. Play games, make New Year’s resolutions, prepare a fancy dinner, use a Polaroid camera for vintage photos that capture the memories, bake tasty desserts, and more.
I know that the unexpected arrival of COVID-19 and the pandemic put everyone into an overdrive frenzy for the year of 2020, but I think 2021 deserves some hope for the future of our country and the entire world. Do your part in helping stop the spread, follow CDC guidelines, and enjoy that you have yet another day of this extraordinary life. For more information visit the CDC website by clicking here.
By Kori Barnes, Junior, UNLV