This year the health experts at the CDC recommend celebrating at home this St. Patrick's Day.

Normally St. Patrick's Day is filled with pub crawls, bars opening early for green eggs and ham and all the green beer you can handle in one day.

According to WOOD, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention are urging citizens to no attend large gatherings to celebrate St. Patrick's Day because it will increase your risk of getting and spreading COVID-19.

Until the majority of the population have all been vaccinated it is simply best to plan small gatherings with those that live in your household to have a simple and safe celebration. Plus anyone can put food coloring in their beer if they must have a green beer to celebrate.

There are new variants to the virus that have been detected in Michigan and these spread at a much higher rate making it more unsafe to celebrate the patron saint of Ireland that it was at this time last year.

St. Patrick's Day is Wednesday, March 17 and celebrations can range large public gatherings like tent parties to parades and even festivals and it is something we all are going to have to look forward to next year rather than this year.

For those looking to do the home party, the CDC still recommends social distancing, keeping hands clean and limiting the number of the people you celebrate with. Here is a list of CDC suggestions for your home party:

  • Decorate your home with holiday colors, shamrocks and leprechauns
  • Make Irish inspired recipes
  • have an outdoor neighborhood celebration with everyone at least 6 feet apart and wearing masks
  • Watch a virtual celebration

Until the majority of the public have been vaccinated and with the new variants of the virus coming on strong, some good old fashioned patience for the next few months along with following the CDC guidelines is everyone's best bet to get this pandemic behind us sooner than later.

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