The holiday season is right around the corner!
Many will still gather with family and friends, but during these unprecedented times and state regulated lockdowns, here are some alternatives to help you celebrate safely. Luckily, many of the traditional holiday celebrations can be shifted to a virtual setting or planned carefully to be safe.
The coronavirus pandemic shouldn’t necessarily stop you from hosting or attending a small gathering provided it follows CDC guidelines and keeps everyone safe. The CDC has several recommendations to help you and everyone else during the holiday celebrations:
- Stay home if you do not feel well or are at higher risk for getting very sick from COVID-19. Invited guests should stay home if they have been exposed to COVID-19 in the last 14 days or are showing COVID-19 symptoms. Invited guests who live with people who are at higher risk of getting very sick from COVID-19 should think about any added risks to their loved ones.
- Keep gatherings small. Keep indoor gatherings to 10 people or fewer and outdoor gatherings to 25 people or fewer.
- Hold small gatherings outside, if possible. Wear masks and stay 6 feet away from other guests.
- Open windows and doors to allow air to flow, when possible, if gathering indoors.
- Wear a mask indoors and outdoors if gathering with anyone that does not live with you.
- Encourage guests to bring their own food, drinks and treats. Do not share utensils or drinking cups.
- Always stay at least 6 feet away from people that do not live with you.
- Remember who came to the gathering. Keep a list of invited guests in case one of them gets COVID-19. This list will be helpful if you're contacted by a health department case interviewer.