City of Fort Worth recommends safe tips for New Year’s Eve celebrations

City and county officials advise caution during New Year’s Eve celebration as the number of COVID-19 cases and hospital stays continue to increase. (Ali Linan / Community Impact Newspaper)

With local residents still anxious to celebrate a New Year, city and district officials advise caution as the number of COVID-19 cases and hospital stays continue to rise.

Tarrant County public health officials reported nearly 6,000 confirmed cases over the week of Christmas. In addition, on December 23, researchers at UT Southwestern Medical Center forecast a 35% increase in Tarrant County hospital stays by January 5.

To reduce the risk of spreading the virus, Fort Worth city officials recommend that celebrations be virtual or with people who live in the same household.

Any gathering or activity that involves people who do not live together is safer if it takes place outdoors.

Other tips from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention include:

When attending a party

  • Bring customized food, drinks, plates, cups, utensils, and spice packets.
  • Wear a mask indoors and outdoors
  • Avoid shouting or singing
  • Stay home if you are sick or have been around someone who thinks you may or may have been exposed to COVID-19

When hosting a party

  • Limit the number of guests
  • Celebrate outdoors
  • Have additional unused masks ready for guests
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces and objects between uses
  • If you’re partying indoors, bring in some fresh air by opening windows and doors
  • Have a separate room for guests to wash their hands or provide hand sanitizer
  • Keep the music volume low so guests don’t have to scream
  • End your meeting if you or someone who lives with you is sick or has been around someone who believes they have or have COVID-19

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