Celebrate Safely This Holiday Season

The holiday season is approaching and due to the threat of COVID-19, it’s important that you stay safe if you choose to celebrate. Wear a mask, physical distance and wash your hands.

Whether you are hosting or attending a gathering, or planning to travel, here are some things you should be aware of: 

  • COVID-19 case levels and spread in your community — High levels of spread in the gathering location, as well as where attendees are coming from, increases the risk of infection. 
  • Celebration location — Outside is better than inside. Indoor gatherings generally pose more risk. 
  • Celebration duration — Shorter gatherings are best. Events that last longer pose more risk. 
  • Number of attendees — Gatherings with more people pose a higher risk than those with fewer. 
  • Traveling attendees — Gatherings with attendees who live in the same area pose a lower risk 
  • Personal behavior — Adhering to social distancing (staying at least 6 feet apart), mask wearing, hand washing, and other prevention behaviors lowers risk. 

To learn more about how to protect yourself and those you love, the CDC offers holiday guidance to help you lower the risk of contracting and spreading the virus.