The coronavirus pandemic doesn't seem to go anywhere and stays with us for another New Year celebration. With the expansion of the vaccination campaign and the relaxation of quarantine measures, Zoom parties are a thing of the past, but the risk of contracting the virus will remain.
If you are planning to spend the New Year 2022 with your family, go to a ski resort or throw a party with friends, do not forget about anti-epidemic measures.
We have collected advice from the Ukrainian Ministry of Health and experts from the American CDC on how to celebrate the New Year 2022 amid a pandemic, figured out whether there will be additional restrictions in Ukraine, and how they can affect traditional New Year's plans.
What will the New Year's quarantine be like in Ukraine?
Health Minister Viktor Lyashko assured that the current quarantine rules will remain in place for the winter holidays. That is, people without vaccinations will not be able to visit public places in the future.
The Ministry of Health of Ukraine recommends, given the current epidemiological situation, not to relax on the New Year and Christmas holidays and take precautions.
"I urge everyone to celebrate the New Year and Christmas safely. I mean, in isolation, with family. It is desirable that all this happens with a full course of vaccination," said Lyashko.
Predictions for the situation with coronavirus after the holidays look like this: the surge in incidence occurs in mid-February and can continue until mid-March. Last year, the wave of coronavirus began at exactly this time period.
What about parties in clubs, trips home or to the mountains?
- To celebrate the New Year in a cafe in the yellow zone, you will need one vaccination, which is confirmed by a yellow certificate in Diya app. In red zone you need two doses of vaccination, confirmed by a green certificate or PCR / rapid test.
- In Ukrainian ski resorts, services can be provided during quarantine only if the visitor shows a vaccination certificate, a negative coronavirus test or a certificate of recovery.
- You can also go on a train or bus trip only if you have a document confirming that you have received at least one dose of the coronavirus vaccine.
How to safely celebrate the New Year 2022
The American Centers for Disease Control (CDC) has published some tips on how to reduce the risk of infection and keep others safe for the holidays:
Protect those who cannot be vaccinated, such as children and allergy sufferers, by getting yourself vaccinated.
- Wear a mask in public places.
- Outdoor activities are safer than indoor activities.
- Avoid tight spaces with poor ventilation.
- If you are sick or have symptoms, stay at home.
- Get tested if you have symptoms of Covid-19.
If you are traveling with a group of people from different parts of the country, you may want to consider additional precautions (eg, avoiding crowded areas before traveling, taking a test).
Ideas for a Safe Celebration from the CDC:
- Decorate your home with festive decorations.
- Organize a video calling party with family and friends.
- Plan a special meal with the people who live with you.
- Have an outdoor party with everyone at a distance of at least 2 m from each other.
- Watch virtual events and holidays.
- Walk around your neighborhood to wave to neighbors from a safe distance.
- Take a food or gift to family, friends, and neighbors so that there is no contact with other people, for example by leaving them at the door.
- Throw a virtual dance party and create a playlist with your friends and family.
- Celebrate outside with neighbors and friends.
You can also arrange a movie-watching marathon.
If you are celebrating the New Year with your family, throwing an evening of board games is always a good idea, especially when you are playing under the twinkling lights of your New Year tree.