Salt Lake City-Although health officials continue to urge caution when battling the coronavirus pandemic in Utah, many communities are embarking on New Year’s Eve celebrations in order to safely sound everyone’s hope for a better year than 2020.
There is still a chance to hold fireworks and activities on Thursday night. But as Dr. Edward Stenehjem, a doctor of Intermountain, said in a question and answer on Wednesday, Utah should take the same precautions as before Thanksgiving and Christmas.
Stenehjem said: “During this holiday, our suggestion is to gather only with people in your home.” “Don’t invite other people who may have symptoms or asymptomatic infection with the virus, these viruses may spread the virus. This is also our gratitude. The recommendations on the festival are consistent with the recommendations of the (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention). Our community transmission rate is so high.”
In Utah, the average rolling rate of positive COVID-19 tests for 7 consecutive days is 25%. “We still have a lot of COVID-19 in our community,” Stenehjem said.
The state has collected its own tips on safe holiday celebrations on its coronavirus web page.
Last Christmas, I gave me my heart… This year, to save me from tears, please keep your distance and wear a mask. Please do not provide COVID to special people.
— Utah COVID-19 Response (@UtahCoronavirus) December 29, 2020
“The more people a person interacts with different families at a party, the closer the physical interaction, and the longer the interaction lasts, the greater the risk that a person with COVID-19 will spread it to others, whether he is her or not. There are symptoms,” the state said.
It recommends keeping gatherings as small as possible, and if participants are sick or exposed to COVID-19, wear masks indoors, maintain physical distance, maintain good hygiene, and refrain from participating in activities.
The portal’s annual “Last Hurrah!” celebration is only a few years old, but it has become the largest New Year’s party in the state. This year, live entertainment and fireworks are back, but organizers encourage people to watch online rather than show up in person.
There will be a lot of people attending the event because Gateway sells a limited number of tickets for families to enjoy the performance outdoors in the main square area. All parties should maintain physical distance, mask and designate a location; however, tickets for the event have been sold out. Interested Utahans can still join the waiting list in case the registered party cannot participate.
For everyone else, the gateway encourages Utahans to broadcast the action at home. Gateway sales manager Jacklyn Briggs said: “People can log in to lasthurrahslc.com or atthegateway.com, and then they can view the band’s performances, countdowns and fireworks shows.” “The gateway will provide live shooting to enable people The local experience can be gained from the comfort and safety of the house.”
The entertainment will start at 11pm with music from local actors The Cool, including Bri Ray.
Some Gateway dining venues will also open, including HallPass and Dave & Buster’s, as well as the grocery store The Store. Briggs said: “Anyone who comes down is welcome to join the ranks of open merchants.” “However, as a reminder, these devices will reach the capacity limit because they have a certain amount of space. Once filled, they will not allow more. People enter. So, first come first serve.”
The square area is only for ticket holders.
That is the gift you can give us. Wear a mask, keep your distance from society, and minimize contact to avoid contributing to the continued spread of this virus.
-Dr. Edward Stenehjem, Mountain Doctor
Elsewhere in Utah, Provo celebrated with fireworks displays at 9pm and midnight. The Living Planet Aquarium will host a “New Year’s Eve” event, the Maverik Center will continue to host festive laser shows, and the popular Luminaria light show during Thanksgiving is a New Year’s event full of fireworks.
Of course, there will be parties, parties and crowded bars. However, there are safer options on New Year’s Eve. As Sternehm said in his Intermountain speech, the best way to thank Utah medical staff during this holiday is to “don’t get COVID, and don’t pass on COVID. To anyone else.”
He said: “This is the gift you can give us.” “Wear a mask, keep a distance from society, and minimize contact, so as not to contribute to the continued spread of this virus.”