There is no such thing as a totally COVID-safe family gathering. Keep It SmallOne would ideally want to minimize the total numbers of both attendees and households involved, Marcus says. When making the guest list, consider the risk each specific attendee poses, as well as how much risk each person is comfortable taking on. Texas resident Tony Green is a self-described former COVID skeptic who came down with the virus at a six-person family gathering at his home in which there had been no masking or distancing. Wearing masks at a family gathering may “feel a little weird” she says, and it is okay to say so.