Holiday Guidance

Thanksgiving covidHoliday's are a special time of the year to gather with family and loved ones but amidst a global pandemic, it is important to follow public health recommendations so that you can decrease the risk of spreading COVID-19 during your holiday events. When planning to host a holiday celebration, you should assess current COVID-19 levels in your community to determine whether to postpone, cancel, or limit the number of attendees.

Factors to consider when planning or attending a Holiday celebration: 

  1. The location of the gathering - Indoor gatherings generally pose more risk than outdoor gatherings. Indoor gatherings with poor ventilation pose more risk than those with good ventilation, such as those with open windows or doors.
  2. The duration of the gathering – Gatherings that last longer pose more risk than shorter gatherings.
  3. The number of people at the gathering – Gatherings with more people pose more risk than gatherings with fewer people. The size of a holiday gathering should be determined based on the ability to reduce or limit contact between attendees and the risk of spread between attendees.
  4. The locations attendees are traveling from - Gatherings with attendees who are traveling from different places pose a higher risk than gatherings with attendees who live in the same area. 
  5. The behaviors of attendees prior to the gathering – Gatherings with attendees who are not adhering to social distancing (staying at least 6 feet apart), mask wearing, hand washing, and other prevention behaviors pose more risk than gatherings with attendees who are engaging in these preventative behaviors.
  6. The behaviors of attendees during the gathering – Gatherings with more preventive measures in place, such as mask wearing, social distancing, and hand washing, pose less risk than gatherings where fewer or no preventive measures are being implemented.

People who should not attend in-person holiday celebrations 

Do not host or participate in any in-person festivities if you or anyone in your household

During the celebration 

Follow these tips to reduce your risk of being exposed to, getting, or spreading COVID-19 during the celebration: 

  1. Social distance and limit close contact
  2. Wear a mask at all times when around people that do not live in your household 
  3. Limit contact with commonly touched surfaces
  4. Wash your hands often with warm soap and water for at least 20 seconds 

After the celebration 

If you participated in higher 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

  • Monitor the development of any symptoms 
  • Stay home as much as possible
  • Avoid being around people at increased risk for severe illness from COVID-19
  • Consider getting tested for COVID-19

Click here to read more about specific holiday's and the extra precautions you can take.

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