As COVID-19 continues to spread and new variants occur, it is important to stay safe this holiday season, by following COVID-19 safety protocols. Celebrating the holiday season with family and friends is one of the great joys of the holidays, however the COVID-19 pandemic puts you and your loved ones at risk for getting sick. To prevent the spread of COVID-19, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has released a list of recommendations for everyone to follow to stay as safe as possible at holiday gatherings. Please follow all the safety practices below and, if eligible, receive the COVID-19 vaccine and booster shot immediately.
Wash your hands frequently: Washing hands helps prevent the spread of germs. Use soap and water to wash your hands for at least 20 seconds.
Get vaccinated: Everyone 5 and older is now eligible to get a COVID-19 vaccination and everyone 18 and older should get a booster shot.
Wear a mask: Wear a well fitted mask covering your nose and mouth. Even if you are fully vaccinated you should wear a mask in public indoor settings.
Celebrate outdoors: Outdoors are safer than indoors. Avoid crowded, poorly ventilated areas.
If you have symptoms, stay home: If you are sick with any symptoms, do not host or attend any gatherings.
Get tested for COVID-19 before attending indoor gatherings: If you are attending celebrations with people who are not in your household, consider getting tested to ensure you are COVID free before coming in contact with others.
Avoid travel: If you do travel for the holiday’s, the safest way to travel is by being fully vaccinated. While traveling, wear a mask on public transportation, sanitize your hands frequently, and keep a safe distance between yourself and others.
1. “Holiday Celebrations.” Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 9 Dec. 2021, https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/daily-life-coping/holidays/celebrations.html.