Experts share tips on safe Fourth of July celebrations while slowing COVID-19 spread

Posted at 7:05 AM, Jul 03, 2020
and last updated 2020-07-03 07:14:19-04

TAMPA, Fla. — Fourth of July will look much different for everyone this year, but there are still ways to celebrate safely.

Although it’s a national holiday, officials say we can’t take a break from protecting our communities from COVID-19.

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Many cities have canceled large fireworks shows to avoid crowds, but you can still have fun with them at home. To do so safely, don't light them in your hands, keep them away from young children and have water nearby.

The CDC also recommends celebrating this weekend by visiting parks close to your home if they’re not crowded and getting outside while social distancing.

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Experts say hosting a barbecue this weekend is another good option, and they say you can minimize the risk of exposure with a few simple steps.

  • Limit the number of guests to maintain social distancing
  • Keep the party outside
  • Ask guests to wear masks if they go indoors
  • Avoid shared utensils, dishes, and snack bowls
  • Have one person responsible for plating and serving food
  • Have hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol available to guests