Celebrating the Holidays Safely to Remain Healthy

The COVID-19 pandemic has been stressful and isolating for many people. Gatherings during the upcoming holidays can be an opportunity to reconnect with family and friends. This holiday season, consider how your holiday plans can be modified to reduce the spread of COVID-19 to keep your friends, families, and communities healthy and safe.

The CDC states the safest way to celebrate this year is with people in your immediate household or with a virtual holiday gathering with others. If you do decide to hold or attend a holiday gathering, the CDC gives several ways to lower your risk:

  • Limit the number of guests
  • Wear a mask
  • Stay six feet away from others who do not live with you
  • Avoid crowded, poorly ventilated indoor spaces
  • Wash hands often and use sanitizer when unable to wash hands
  • Get a flu shot as soon as possible
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces
  • Avoid touching your mask, eyes, nose and mouth
  • Keep gatherings short

Residents are urged to consider adding new traditions focused on gratitude and encouragement, especially in light of the ongoing impact of this pandemic on mental health.

For more information, please visit the CDC website.