Visiting someone’s home during the pandemic

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Who would have thought that in 2020, a global pandemic would happen? Really, who would have thought? We were celebrating New Year’s and welcoming 2020 not knowing what was about to come...

We had Sars (2003), Swine Flu (2009), and Ebola (2014) in recent years but Covid (2019), has the largest death toll with up to 4 million and counting. Countless guidelines on how to prevent the virus have been implemented worldwide and several vaccines have already been proven effective. But how come, even more than a year in, the virus is still worsening? Well, we honestly cannot explain that. You know who can? Expert scientists! We need to listen to them and not to the news without reliable data to back it up. What we, From the Inside Out can do though, is to provide guides on how we can additionally help prevent the spread of the virus, most especially that it is inevitable to be in social contact with people. We are going to break it down even more and discuss the proper etiquette when visiting someone’s home during the pandemic.

First and foremost, never go to someone’s home if you are not invited. With or without a pandemic, that is the rule. If you arrive unexpectedly, it will definitely place the individual in an awkward position. So, refrain from doing that.

Before visiting someone’s home, the home owner may request things like wearing a mask of gloves, or you should be vaccinated etc. These things vary and if you cannot comply, you can politely say you prefer not to come. Do not make a big deal or argue with them. They can have their own rules as it is their home and you can decline if you feel you're not comfortable with their rules. 

When inside their home, it is highly encouraged to refrain from touching furniture and surfaces. We can appreciate it but with the pandemic going on, we highly advise you to not touch anything if you can. This is to avoid the passing of the virus to ourselves.

Also, do not sit your purse or items on their table.  That certainly is unacceptable even if there was no pandemic!

When offered any food or beverage, make sure to finish it, if possible. If you are unable to finish and it is noticed, simply compliment the homeowner by saying, “Everything was delicious” and thank them. 

When coughing or sneezing, make sure to cover your mouth with your elbow and not your hands by turning away and aiming your elbow down to the floor, then sneeze in the elbow. Also if you are experiencing any symptoms of Covid, please do not continue to visit or interact with others. Remain home or head to the hospital.  Do not socialize with anyone.  It is extremely important you show concern for the well being of others as not to spread the virus.  

And last but not least, be sure to carry hand sanitizer or disinfectant wipes to clean your hands as often as possible. 

So that is it! Some tips that will guide you when visiting someone’s home during the pandemic and as you interact with others. If you have any other tips to add, please let us know. We are happy to add and spread the info.

We always emphasize how learning new things will always be part of life and no one can take it away from us. From The Inside Out School of Etiquette teaches etiquette to children and adults. Many topics are available for you! So that you will be prepared for when you need it.

If you want to know more, we have paid videos and FREE videos for you. We also have an intensive 5-Week Masterclass conducted by the owner, Jackie Vernon-Thompson live via zoom, if you ever want to be a Certified Etiquette Consultant and teach in your area and virtually! This is for everyone globally and we will try to help and educate as much as we can.

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