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What To Know Before Attending The February 2021 Fox Cities Parade of Homes

February 1, 2021
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The Home Builders Association of the Fox Cities is once again hosting the Fox Cities Parade of Homes, and it is almost here. Escaping the winter weather and touring some incredible homes sounds like a great way to enjoy the upcoming weekends.

The HBAFC Parade of Homes hours are as follows:

SATURDAY (2/6): 11AM - 5PM

SUNDAY (2/7): 11AM - 5PM

THURSDAY (2/11): 5PM - 8PM

FRIDAY (2/12): 5PM - 8PM

SATURDAY (2/13): 11AM - 5PM

SUNDAY (2/14): 11AM - 5PM

COVID-19 Precautions for the Parade of Homes

HBAFC leadership has regularly met, reviewed guidelines and best practices, and determined that a maximum of 8 attendees may be allowed within any parade home at one time. 

HBAFC has set safety precautions for homebuilders and guests to follow. These guidelines ensure the event will be a safe and enjoyable experience for all who participate. We wanted to make sure you know what is expected of all guests and builders to do their part in preventing the spread of COVID-19, so continue reading for more information. 

1. FACE MASKS

All Parade of Homes participants must wear face mask coverings when inside of the homes and in the garages. Keep your mask on at all times when viewing homes- it must cover both your mouth AND nose. Your mask helps to protect others, their masks help to protect you, and it works best when everyone wears one.  We do ask that if you are presenting with any of the symptoms of COVID-19, as outlined per the CDC, or not been cleared as a non-contagious individual, please do not attend the parade.

2. CLEAN SOCKS

Typically, the HBAFC asks Parade participants to wear booties when walking through each home. This year, participants are asked to take off their shoes before entering the home and wear a clean pair of socks instead of disposable foot coverings. This practice will help to reduce the amount of germs being spread from person to person. 

In the case that participants cannot walk through the homes without shoes due to medical reasons only, they must bring an extra pair of clean, dry shoes to change into in the garage. After changing into clean shoes, they must then put shoe coverings over those shoes. Street shoes are not permitted in any instance. 

3. social DISTANCING

Be courteous of other's space and use common sense when it comes to being aware of social distancing guidelines. Whenever practical, maintain a 6' distance away from anyone not part of your group, and do not sit on any of the furniture. Children 12 and under should always remain in the same room as their adult chaperone. If possible, leave your children at home.

Please refrain from handshaking representatives.

4. SANITIZING

Cypress Homes will be regularly sanitizing high-contact surfaces. Hand sanitizers will be available for use at each Parade home, and it's recommended that you use them before and after viewing each home. Of course, you are welcome to bring your own sanitizing equipment for personal use.   Eating, drinking and/or smoking inside homes is not permitted .

5. SURFACES

We fully understand that one of the most exciting aspects of the Parade is touching the finishes in each home, which is why Cypress places cards up on the surfaces from which you can learn about the selections! However, to limit the number of germs spread, we ask that you not touch surfaces inside the home, as well as refraining from sitting on the furniture. No doubt it will be tempting to feel all the beautiful selections put into our homes, but other viewers will thank you for being responsible. 

6. TICKETS

$12 Tickets may be purchased online, via the mobile app, or in-person at the HBA Fox Cities office, Feb. 1-14, during office hours listed below. Tickets are also available at all Parade homes during event hours. 

Home Builders Association of the Fox Cities 
920 W. Association Dr., Appleton, WI 54914
Hours: Mon.-Fri., 9AM–4PM 920-731-7931
hbafoxcities.com 

Tickets are $12/person (Feb. 6-7 & 11-14, tickets are $15/person).
A ticket is not required for children four-years-old and under.

Tickets cost $15 per individual at the homes, and will then also be available at any of the Parade Homes during event hours. Please bring the correct amount of change to limit surface contact.

All people 5 years of age and older must have a ticket in order to be admitted into homes. 

We look forward to seeing you there! If you have questions regarding these guidelines, feel free to contact the Home Builders Association of the Fox Cities at (920) 731-7931.

Photo credit: All images were provided by the CDC's website. Images available on CDC website at no cost. Not endorsed by the CDC.

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This post was written by Josh Sanders

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