our COVID-19 SANITY GUIDE

How are you doing? I don't know about you, but I am having to realign on a daily basis. It is obvious that given the current culture in this country, this pandemic is not "going to magically disappear". Each of us needs to do our part to help slow the spread of COVID-19. Not only as an individual, but collectively, as a neighborhood, city, state and ultimately country. 

 

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wear a MASK

"I had a mask on. I sort of liked the way I looked, OK? I thought it was OK. It was a dark, black mask, and I thought it looked OK. Looked like the Lone Ranger. But I have no problem with that. I think--and if people feel good about it, they should do it." -Donald Trump

"Wearing simple face coverings is not about protecting ourselves, it is about protecting everyone we encounter" -Mitch McConnell

YUP, even Mitch knows. But why does the man at the top keep sending a false narrative? We are not "in a good place" nor are we "turning a corner". It's a simple act. It's science. It's considerate. PLEASE wear a mask + be mindful of social distancing.
 
Stay safe. Stay Healthy.

Learn more here

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reasons to be CHEERFUL 

In 2016, David Byrne began collecting good news as a remedy and kind of therapy to the state of the world. In 2017, he shared these reasons to be cheerful with the people of New York. In 2018, he decided to expand this idea even further--by creating an online platform where people could find and share reasons to be cheerful. And when your on the site, poke-around. There are plenty of good, thought provoking, articles. And some damn-good playlists.
   
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SLOW down (again)

I know by now that this pandemic has taken a toll on everyone and we have become a stir-crazy nation. All those realizations that we discovered, by being forced to slow down during quarantine, have somehow fallen by the wayside as we are itching to get on with things. Here's one thing that I encourage you to do, and integrate it into your holiday plans... Put down the phone, stop pecking at the keyboard and pick up your favorite pen! One of our favorite stationers, Of Note, is right here in Boston. And, their philosophy could not be more timely.
 
Letter writing is a practice, a mindful ritual that connects, nourishes, and heals. We exist to inspire and support your practice. With each design we invite you to slow down and reconnect with yourself, with others, with the world around you. For the past 4 years we have spoken about the genesis of Of Note as a desire to slow down and engage mindfully with the world around us. We recognized the power the handwritten word has to deepen relationships and we set out to encourage that connection."
 
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CDC hosting guidelines

 

Remind guests to stay at home if they're sick

  • Remind invited guests to stay home if they have been exposed to COVID-19 in the last 14 days or are showing COVID-19 symptoms. Anyone who has had close contact with a person who has COVID-19 should also stay home and monitor their health. Invited guests who live with those at higher risk should also consider the potential risk to their loved ones.
  • Consider keeping a list of guests who attended for potential future contact tracing needs.

 

Encourage social distancing

  • Host your gathering outdoors, when possible. If this is not feasible, make sure the room or space is well-ventilated (for example, open a window).
  • Arrange tables and chairs to allow for social distancing. People from the same household can be in groups together and don’t need to be 6 feet apart – just 6 feet away from other families.
  • If planning activities for adults and/or kids, consider those where social distancing can be maintained, like sidewalk chalk art or frisbee.
  • When guests arrive, minimize gestures that promote close contact. For example, don’t shake hands, do elbow bumps, or give hugs. Instead wave and verbally greet them.

 

Wear masks 

  • Wear masks when less than 6 feet apart from people or indoors.
  • Consider providing masks for guests or asking them to bring their own.

 

Clean hands often

  • Consider providing hand sanitizer in addition to clearly marked hand washing areas.
  • Wash your hands for at least 20 seconds when entering and exiting social gatherings. If soap and water are not readily available, use a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol. Cover all surfaces of your hands and rub them together until they feel dry.
  • Make sure there is adequate soap or hand sanitizer containing at least 60% alcohol available in the restrooms and encourage guests not to form a line at the door. Consider also providing cleaning supplies that allow guests to wipe down surfaces before they leave.
  • Remind guests to wash their hands before serving or eating food.
  • Use single-use hand towels or paper towels for drying hands so guests do not share a towel.

 

Limit the number of people handling or serving food

  • Encourage guests to bring their own food and drinks.
  • Limit people going in and out of the areas where food is being prepared or handled, such as in the kitchen or around the grill, if possible.
  • If serving any food, consider identifying one person to serve all food so that multiple people are not handling the serving utensils.
  • Use single-use options or identify one person to serve sharable items, like salad dressings, food containers, and condiments, so that multiple people are not handling the items.

 

Limit contact with commonly touched surfaces or shared items

  • Use touchless garbage cans or pails.
  • Use gloves when removing garbage bags or handling and disposing of trash. Wash hands after removing gloves.
  • Clean and disinfect commonly touched surfaces and any shared items between use when feasible.
  • If you choose to use any shared items that are reusable (e.g., seating covers, tablecloths, linen napkins), wash, clean, and sanitize them after the event.

  

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WE MISS YOU! Stay CONNECTED. Stay safe. Mask-up!
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