SALT LAKE CITY – While health officials urge caution as Utah fights the coronavirus epidemic, many communities are hoping to move forward with the celebration of the New Year’s Eve, which is all expected to be compared to 2020 I have a better year.
There are still opportunities to catch fireworks and events on Thursday nights. But as Intermountain Physician Drs. Edward Stanjem said in Wednesday’s Q&A, Uterne should take the same precautions recommended before Thanksgiving and Christmas.
“This holiday season, our recommendation is only to gather with the people at home,” Stanism said. “Do not invite others that the virus may potentially occur, either symptomatically or asymptotically, which can potentially transmit the virus. This is what we recommend at Thanksgiving, as well as (disease control) And prevention centers) in line with recommendations. ” Our community transmission rate is just that high. “
The seven-day average rolling of positive COVID-19 tests in Utah is 25%. “There are still a lot of COVID-19s in our communities,” Stanhjam said.
The state has gathered its tips for safe holiday celebrations on its Coronavirus webpage.
Last Christmas, I gave you my heart… This year, to save me from tears, please make a physical distance and wear a mask. Please do not give COVID to anyone special.
– State of Utah COVID-19 response (@UtahCoronavirus) December 29, 2020
“The more people people from different households interact with in a gathering, the closer the physical contact is, and the longer the conversation lasts, the greater the risk that a person with COVID-19 will pass it on to others Can spread, whether he or she has symptoms or not, ”the state says.
It recommends that gatherings be kept as short as possible and that participants wear masks, physically distance, practice good hygiene, and not attend events if they are exposed to COVID-19 or not.
Gateway’s annual “Last Hurray!” The celebration is only a few years old, but had already turned into the biggest party of the new year in the state. Live entertainment and fireworks will return this year, but organizers are encouraging people to tune in online instead of showing them in person.
The event will have people live, as The Gateway sold a limited number of tickets for families to enjoy the show in the main plaza area. The parties will be physically harassed, masked and assigned a location; However, tickets for this event have sold out. If a registered party is unable to attend, interested utens can still join a waiting list.
For everyone, Gateway encouraged the Utens to promote action from home. “People can log in at lasthurrahslc.com or atthegateway.com and they will be able to see the band, the countdown and the fireworks display,” said Jacqueline Briggs, Gateway’s marketing manager. “There will be live shots from The Gateway so that people can get a local experience from the comfort and safety of their home.”
The entertainment will begin at 11 pm with music by Brie Ray from local act The Cool.
Some gateway dining options will be open late as well as at the Hallpas and Dave & Buster’s as well as the grocery store. “Whoever comes down is welcome to go to open traders,” Briggs said. “Just as a reminder, though, they will strike at capacity because they have a certain amount of space that once filled, they won’t let more people in. So come first, get first.”
The plaza area will be closed to ticket holders only.
This is the gift you can give us. Wear masks, make your social mess, minimize your contacts so that you do not contribute to the ongoing transmission of this virus.
-Dr. Edward Stangem, Intermountain Doctor
Elsewhere in Utah, Provo is hosting a drive-in fireworks event with a 9 pm and midnight show. The Living Planet Aquarium is hosting a “Noon Year Eve” event, a holiday laser show continues at the Maverik Center there, and a sold-out New Year event with the popular Luminera Light Show fireworks at Thanksgiving Point.
Of course, there will be parties and gatherings and crowded bars. But there are safe options for this New Year’s Eve and, as Stanhjam said during an intermountain presentation, the best way to thank Utah’s health care workers this holiday season is “not to get COVID and someone And not to broadcast COVID. “
“That’s the gift you can give us,” he said. “Wear a mask, make your social mess, minimize your contacts so that you do not contribute to the ongoing transmission of this virus.”
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