Have A Happy, Healthy Holiday
14 Dec 2020
When planning to host or attend a holiday celebration, assess current COVID 19 levels in your community to determine whether to limit the number of attendees or cancel plans. While celebrating virtually or with members of your own household pose low risk for spread, in-person gatherings pose varying levels of risk.
Consider additional safety guidelines
If you will be hosting or attending a celebration, follow CDC guidelines. Below are some additional considerations for holiday celebrations:
- Host outdoor activities rather than indoor activities as much as possible. If you choose an indoor event, avoid crowded, poorly ventilated, or fully enclosed indoor spaces. Increase ventilation by opening windows and doors to the extent that is safe and feasible based on the weather.
- Limit numbers of attendees as much as possible.
- Supply items to help you and others stay healthy, such as extra masks, hand sanitizer, and tissues
- If you are planning to attend in-person holiday gatherings with people outside of your household, consider strictly avoiding contact with people outside of your household for 14 days before the gathering.
- Maintain a distance of at least 6 feet or more from people you don’t live with.
- Wear a mask when around people who don’t live in your household
- Avoid singing or shouting, especially when not wearing a mask and within 6 feet of others.
- Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after you have been in a public place, or after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.
If you participated in high risk activities or think that you may have been exposed during your celebration, take extra precautions for 14 days after the event to protect others and stay home as much as possible and consider getting tested for COVID-19.
If you develop symptoms consistent with COVID-19, such as fever, cough, or shortness of breath, or if you test positive for COVID-19, immediately contact the host and others that attended the event or celebration that you attended. They may need to inform other attendees about their possible exposure to the virus. Contact your health care provider and follow the CDC-recommended steps for what to do if you become sick and follow public health recommendations for community-related exposure.