Saying ‘no’ to a social gathering during a global pandemic is OK. Using COVID sense helps protect yourself and your loved ones.

COVID-19 cases are on the rise and many are connected to large gatherings and private parties. We can all play a part in reducing these exposure events by following the advice of our public health experts. 

So what should you do when you are invited to a party or situation that doesn’t feel right to you? Use your COVID sense and your COVID courtesy to respectfully decline. 

Watch these videos for tips on how to use your COVID courtesy in some common situations: 

What to do when you are invited to a big party or large gathering: 

What to do if you’re not comfortable with an in-person gathering: 

What to do when you are invited to an event with people outside of your social circle/bubble: 

How to have courageous conversations about COVID-19

Refer to and share the following infographic for additional COVID sense tips and handy phrases you can use: 

infographic on how to have courageous COVID-19 conversations

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    How to have courageous conversations about COVID-19

    COVID-19 is still circulating in our communities. We must remain committed to flatten the curve once again and use our COVID sense. Here are some suggestions to have courageous conversations. We’re in this together!

    Invited to a party with people outside your bubble? Have clear boundaries

    • It’s ok to say ‘no’ to a social gathering right now. There is no better excuse than a global pandemic.
    • State your boundaries clearly. For example, you may say, “I’m managing my exposure carefully and keeping my bubble small.”
    • Be a role model. Hearing you state your boundaries may make it easier for others to be brave about theirs.
    • Know the rules, follow them, share them

    Invited to an event? Ask what COVID-19 safety measures they will have in place. Ask if they are aware of the Provincial Health Officer orders on gatherings and events. 

    Some handy phrases for courageous conversations about COVID-19

    • “I’m managing my exposure carefully and my bubble has already expanded"
    • “Do you have a virtual option for me to connect with you? “ 
    • “I’m looking forward to seeing you soon but I cant right now. It’s not forever, just for now.”
    • “No, thank you.” This is a full sentence – if you’re uncomfortable explaining, you don’t need to. 

    Good COVID hygiene for any situation

    Whether at home, work or visiting with those in your consistent and small social bubble, always remember your COVID hygiene:

    • Wash your hands thoroughly and often.
    • Use hand sanitizer after touching surfaces.
    • Cover your mouth and nose when coughing or sneezing.
    • Keep hands away from your face.
    • Clean commonly touched surfaces often.
    • Stay home when you are sick.

Help us spread the word about COVID-19 to the young adults in your life

COVID-19 can have major health implications for young adults. Watch the full story and short clip from 26-year-old Vince Li below: 

  

Dr. Bonnie Henry’s Good Times Guide

 Dr Bonnie Henry's good times guide

Don’t get stuck in self-isolation, or worse – get sick, because you partied with someone with COVID-19. Have a good time – safely. Check out Dr. Bonnie Henry’s Good Times Guide for more tips, visit goodtimes.gov.bc.ca.