Wednesday, December 23, 2020

Seven tips for Christmas and New Year's Eve dinners in Tenerife in times of coronavirus

A sweet Christmas table

Whether there will be four, six or ten people, the important thing is that Covid-19 is not among the guests, and it can be achieved by following some simple guidelines

Thousands of families will gather around the table in Tenerife on Christmas Eve, Christmas and New Year's Eve, with fewer diners than usual and without as many kisses and hugs as in other years, however, safely enjoying time with those closest to you is possible.

Pay attention to the restrictions on the number of diners that the Government of the Canary Islands has announced for our island, but up to a maximum of ten six guests may arrive on the most important dates. Although it is also recommended to reduce or suspend company dinners, it is almost inevitable that there will be some type of Christmas gathering, so we present some simple recommendations so that it runs in the safest way possible.
  1. The fewer the better. This Christmas, mass meals will not be possible, neither those of co-workers, nor those of friends, because there is a limit on the number of diners and capacity even in restaurants. But encounters will be possible, bearing in mind that five will always be better than six, and four better than five.
  2. Take advantage of the 22º average: The privileged climate of the Canary Islands allows us to hold gatherings outdoors or in well-ventilated spaces, more easily than in the rest of the country. Many of the catering establishments in Tenerife have terraces or open spaces where you can enjoy dinners with less risk of contagion.
  3. One person, one plate. This Christmas we will have to avoid sharing starters or the trays of Christmas sweets. 
  4. Toast responsibly. This Christmas we can make a toast as always, but it is preferable to make the toast without clinking glasses. Each diner must have their own glass, and, if possible, it would be good to put some detail, bow or sticker on the base of the glasses to avoid confusion.
  5. Safety distance. If meals or celebrations are made outside the family environment, there should be a distance between non-cohabitants and not be placed opposite the brother-in-law or coworker. Face to face, only those who live together.
  6. Music and volume limitation. We must avoid Christmas carols and ambient music both at home and in catering establishments. Singing and shouting are risky behaviors.
  7. Always remember the 6 'M' rule: use of a mask whenever possible, frequent hand washing, meters (maintenance of physical distance), maximize ventilation, minimize the number of contacts and 'stay home if you have symptoms, diagnosis or contact'.