Is the workplace holiday party still too much of a risk with COVID-19? – CTV

November 25, 2021

TORONTO — It’s 2021, the majority of Canadians are vaccinated, and the winter holidays are approaching — leading to a question many employees and employers are currently juggling: Is the workplace holiday party going to make a comeback, and is that a good idea?

Last year, the holiday party was largely out of the question, with restaurants, bars and venues closed to guests and large groups. Now, with the proliferation of vaccines having aided in the reopening of some aspects of society, including indoor dining and large indoor events, some companies and employers are considering bringing back the traditional holiday party to allow coworkers to celebrate together.

But is it a good idea with COVID-19 still circulating?

For one health expert, the answer is clear: in-person holiday parties are a bad idea.

Colin Furness, a Toronto-based infection control epidemiologist, told in a phone interview that he believes in-person work parties are still a risk when cases are circulating in the community.

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