This is perhaps the most odd summer that many of us have experienced in our lives. The coronavirus pandemic has spread across the world and we’ve unexpectedly found ourselves in lockdown situations where we’ve been asked to not leave our house unless absolutely necessary over the past three months. But as we begin to get to grips with social distancing and the rate of the spread of the virus is decreasing, we’ll slowly begin to find ourselves being afforded more freedom in our activities – as long as we stay at least two metres apart from everyone else. This will be a slow and step by step process, but we will eventually get to a point where we can see the faces of those we love and spend time together. Now, it’s suggested that the virus spreads less easily in outdoor environments and seeing as we’re heading into the summer, it could be a great idea to start planning a socially distanced BBQ. Here are a few suggestions to help the process go as smoothly as possible!
Get Your Backyard Ready
First, you’re going to need to get your backyard ready. Many of us neglect our gardens until the summer, so now’s a good time to start cutting the grass, pulling weeds and generally neatening things up so everything’s safe, secure, presentable and ideal for actually spending time in. Next, you should consider investing in some BBQ basics. A BBQ itself is a good idea if you’re going to do this regularly throughout the summer. Investing is worth it, as proper gas BBQs cook food more evenly. If you are doing a one off BBQ, a disposable one will probably do. Then, consider seating. A picnic blanket may be fine, but deckchairs or other types of outdoor furniture can be a whole lot more comfortable. Then, lighting. This will allow you to continue the socialising into the evening when the sun begins to set.
Consider Who to Invite
Next, you need to consider who to invite. You’ll need to limit your guest list to a small number of people. So it may be a group of close family members, it may be friends. You might not be able to see everyone at once, but remember you can just hold another BBQ to see others.
Ensure You Can Play Music
A BBQ isn’t a BBQ without some background music. Consider portable speakers like soundboks 2. Curate a playlist beforehand.
Have Safety Equipment
Of course, it’s a good idea to make sure you have protective equipment and safety equipment readily available. This could include face masks, hand sanitiser, plenty of handwash and sanitising wipes to wipe down surfaces.
Ensure People are Safe When Travelling
If your guests are travelling, ensure they are as safe as possible when they travel. Suggest that they drive rather than taking public transport. Small changes make all the difference.
These are just a few suggestions that can help you to hold the best backyard BBQ possible. Implement them and it should be a great success!