Can I organize a children's party in my garden?
08 Mar 2021Updated: 4 hours ago | people are reading
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If my children are allowed to play outside and the schools open again, can I also organize a birthday party for them? Several parents wonder that. We are addressing this question today, among others by Maartje and Zefanja, in the daily corona update.
"Children's parties are a gray area", says pediatrician and epidemiologist Patricia Bruijning. She works for the UMC in Utrecht. "Of course it makes quite a difference what kind of party you organize. Are the children going to play football in the garden or play games, where they have to take turns eating a piece of candy from a bowl of water?"
First back to the measures. Because what about again? The 1.5 meter measure is less strict for children up to twelve years of age. This is because, according to the National Institute for Public Health and the Environment (RIVM), children play a smaller role in the spread of the coronavirus than adults. In addition, when children become ill, the disease becomes milder.
Therefore, children up to the age of twelve go back to school today and are allowed to play outside together. Children from 12 to 18 years old can also meet or play sports together, but they must keep a distance of 1.5 meters.
Indoor or outdoor?
According to Bruijning, it also makes for children's parties. whether you organize them indoors or outdoors. "Suppose a child has been invited who is infected. If he or she then talks, sings or shouts inside, the virus particles can get into the air. If you sit together for an extended period of time, others can breathe them in again The more you breathe in those particles, the more likely you are to become infected. "
It is different outside, because there is sufficient ventilation. "Although it is of course important in the first place that sick children stay at home." As for adult parties, it's simple. For both inside and outside applies: a maximum of three people visiting. And keep a distance of one and a half meters.
Regarding the children's parties, Bruijning advises parents to inform other parents about the purpose of the party. "How many children are there, for example? Also, have parental controls and keep a distance between the parents and the children," she says.
How many children can you invite? That's a tricky one. Both RIVM and Bruijning do not want to attach a number to this. RIVM writes that for children playing outside, the group must not be too large. A maximum size is not mentioned. Parents are asked to make their own assessment, using common sense.