Holiday Celebrations with COVID-19

Holiday celebrations with covid

What will your holiday celebrations be like this year? Will you be traveling somewhere? Will you celebrate in person or via Zoom? Indoors or out?

With COVID-19, this year’s celebrations may look and feel just a bit different. Be sure to take some of these safety precautions as you prepare for the holidays.


Traveling for family gatherings

Gatherings with people traveling from different and/or high-risk locations pose a higher risk of spreading the disease than those who live in the same area.

Traveling Safety Tips (in general, by car)

  • Make sure you have your car serviced – brakes checked, oil checked, tires are aired up, etc.
  • Check that you have all you need in your emergency preparedness kit.
  • Do not drive distracted. That means, the cell phone is off and out of reach.
  • Avoid driving drowsy or if you have not had enough sleep.
  • Do not drive while under the influence of alcohol or other substances. Ensure you have a designated driver if you do plan to drink.

This year, add to your safety list:

  • Stay up-to-date on the list of high-risk locations and the positivity rates in the area you would be traveling to.
  • Ask those you would be visiting what safety measures they are taking.
  • Cars are enclosed spaces, so if you are traveling with others outside your household, wear your mask and keep the windows open to let fresh air in. Also, avoid using the recirculate air button in your car.

COVID-19 Holiday Safety

  • Keep gatherings small and maintain 6 feet of distance, even if those you are with are extended family.
  • Host outdoor activities, eat outside around a bonfire or heater, or, if indoors, open windows to increase circulation.
  • As always, wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. For instance, always wash your hands before and after handling food, utensils or plates.
  • Bring your own supplies, such as extra masks, hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol, and tissues.
  • Get your flu vaccine.
  • Minimize gestures that promote close contact. For instance, do not shake hands, bump elbows or give hugs.
  • Avoid singing, chanting or shouting, especially when not wearing a mask.
  • Consider getting tested for COVID-19 after the celebration if you participated in higher risk activities or think you may have been exposed during the celebration.

Alternatives to consider:

  • Have a virtual dinner where you can share recipes with friends and family or have an online scavenger hunt.
  • Organize a drive-by gathering or find out what’s going on in your neighborhood.
  • Organize a caravan with your friends and family and drive through neighborhoods with lights and decorations or through a park with holiday decorations.

Follow CDC’s tips for hosting gatherings or attending an event/gathering.

COVID or not, exercise safety at the holidays and during your celebrations.


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