So, summer is over, but you still obviously want to socialize. Totally understandable.
Just do it responsibly.
You've checked out the gathering restrictions in your province (if you haven't, click here), set your seating and eating and drinking up safely, and are almost ready to go.
Here are a couple of other planning tips.
By mentioning the following up front, you'll be putting your guests more at ease so that when they show up they can relax and have a good time without any worry. You too.
Position the invite as "having people over outside to relax and chill". Outside and chill are the key words. Chill can be fun!
When guests ask if they can bring anything, suggest BYOB and a disposable cup/glass (or tell them you have disposable cups/glasses). In these circumstances both you and they will feel more comfortable!
When they ask what time you want them to come, stagger the times slightly and ask them to text you when they arrive.
When your guests text you to tell you they have arrived, text them back asking them to "go around the side/back" or whatever route is most direct to where you are gathering (as opposed to through your house).
Greet them there.
When you greet them, stay 2 metres apart, no hugs, no contact.
If they brought anything (drink for themselves) ask them to put it on a table (which you have designated for such a thing).
Then walk them to a seat in the "Muskoka Circle". Don't be shy and let them know how you've set things up to socially distance.
With guests now "settled", time for you to sit back and relax knowing you are gathering responsibly!
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