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Our advice for enjoying a pleasant festive period

From sustainable gift ideas showing your solidarity to tips for enjoying Christmas while limiting the risks of contamination with COVID-19, discover all our advice for making the most of the festive period. 

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Christmas tree

There is still time to unearth the ideal Christmas tree at one of the four Christmas tree markets open in Geneva this year until 24 December. 

Christmas gifts

    Buy local thanks to solidarity vouchers 

    Support the city’s local stores by buying your gifts using the solidarity vouchers introduced by the City of Geneva. They enable you to support local business while benefiting from a very welcome helping hand at the end of the year thanks to a 20% discount financed by the municipality. 

    Take a wander around the Christmas markets

    Despite the current context, certain open-air Christmas markets have been maintained: why not drop in to find some original gift ideas and a wide range of craft products?

    Reduce the risks when buying your gifts 

    If you intend to buy your Christmas gifts in a shop or from a Christmas market, the FOPH provides advice on reducing the risk of contamination, including: 

    • Avoid crowds in shops by buying your gifts sufficiently early or by visiting points of sale outside busy periods. It can prove useful to make a list in order to determine exactly what you need and to reduce the number of shops visited and the time spent shopping. 
    • Disinfect your hands when entering and exiting shops and markets.
    • Keep your distance when buying gifts or waiting in a queue, even if everyone is wearing a mask. 
    • Prioritise contactless payment, for example using your card or smartphone, in order to reduce the risk of infection. The coronavirus may be present on surfaces such as money or payment terminals. The less often your touch objects, the more you reduce the risk of your hands coming into contact with the virus.

    Make your own gifts

    Making your own Christmas gifts is a treat for both your loved ones and yourself, as you give free rein to your creativity. And if these personalised gifts enable you to limit the use of plastic and reduce waste, you bring pleasure to your loved ones while protecting the planet! To get started, read our article about 10 ideas for home-made Christmas gifts

    Une table de Noël décorée

    Prepare and plan for the festive period

    While we are not obliged to cancel Christmas with our family and friends, certain precautions are necessary to avoid infection as far as possible. The FOPH provides a wide range of advice on this subject, and the most important recommendations are listed below: 

    Reduce contact before the festive period

    The FOPH recommends limiting social contact as far as possible two weeks before Christmas with a view to reducing the risk of unknowingly transmitting the virus over the festive period and avoiding spending the entire holiday season in quarantine or self-isolating.

    Establish rules with the participants

    Between 23 December and 3 January, events organised within the circle of family and friends are authorised in Geneva up to 10 people

    If several of these people are vulnerable, think about tangible means of protecting them. According to the FOPH, the ideal combination consists of maintaining a certain distance, wearing a mask and washing your hands regularly with soap. 

    It is helpful to establish a code of conduct between participants before the festive period, specifying, for example, how everyone should greet one another or thank their loved ones for the gifts they receive. 
     

    Select a place

    If possible, choose a spacious location or try to organise all or part of the festivities outside (aperitif, for example). 

    Prepare the menus and table plan

    Wherever possible, the FOPH advises planning several tables, with people living under the same roof or who are already in close contact sitting at the same table. It is important to keep your distance during the meal and to avoid everyone touching the same objects (salad bowls, sauces, bottles, condiments, etc.). Providing an aperitif set for each person and serving the meal on a plate rather than organising a buffet can limit the risk of transmission. 

    Remain vigilant during the event and over the following days

    On the day itself, greet people at a distance rather than hugging or kissing them. Stay close to people who are already among your close contacts and keep your distance from people you have not met over the past few days. If it is impossible to maintain a distance of 1.5 metres between people, wear a mask before and after the meal. 

    The rooms must be well aired for 5 to 10 minutes every hour or every two hours. A person can even be designated to handle this task. 

    Wash your hands regularly with soap or hydro-alcoholic gel. 

    If you feel unwell or begin to experience symptoms, stay at home
     

    Limit contact after the festive period  

    During the days following the festive period, the FOPH advises you to meet as few people as possible. If you have been infected during this period, you will therefore avoid passing the virus on to other people. 

    Article modifié le 21.12.2020 à 10:11