Celebrate Responsibly this Month

While the number of reported positive COVID-19 cases are declining in Indiana, it’s important to continue practicing social distancing. As St. Patrick’s Day approaches and our city hosts the 2021 NCAA men’s basketball tournament this month, you may be inclined to go out with friends or host a party of your own. Before heading out or cheering on your team follow the below tips from the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) for celebrating safely. 

Tips for Social Distancing

  • Know Before You Go: Before going out, know and follow the guidance from local public health authorities.
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  • Prepare for Transportation: Consider social distancing options for safe travel. When using rideshares or taxis, avoid pooled rides with multiple passengers and sit in the back seat of larger vehicles so you can remain at least 6 feet away from the driver.
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  • Choose Safe Social Activities: It is possible to stay socially connected with friends and family who don’t live in your home by calling, using video chat, or staying connected through social media. If meeting others in person (e.g., at small outdoor gatherings, yard or driveway gathering with a small group of friends or family members), stay at least 6 feet from others who are not from your household. Follow these steps to stay safe if you will be participating in personal and social activities outside of your home. 
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  • Keep Distance at Events and Gatherings: It is safest to avoid crowded places and gatherings where it may be difficult to stay at least 6 feet away from others who are not from your household. If you are in a crowded space, try to keep 6 feet of space between yourself and others at all times, and wear a mask. Masks are especially important in times when physical distancing is difficult. Pay attention to any physical guides, such as tape markings on floors or signs on walls, directing attendees to remain at least 6 feet apart from each other in lines or at other times. Allow other people 6 feet of space when you pass by them in both indoor and outdoor settings.

For more information about COVID-19 guidelines please visit the CDC website at https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html or the Indiana State Department of Health online at https://www.coronavirus.in.gov/2400.htm..