COVID doesn’t take time off for the holidays

With the holidays just around the corner, it’s more important than ever not to let your guard down.

Start planning now to make your holiday activities safer for your friends and and family. In addition to basic steps to protect your health, here are some suggestions to reduce the spread of COVID-19 this holiday season.

Keep it small

Scale back in-person celebrations this year. Limit gatherings to just a few close family and friends or, for the safest celebration, stick with just those who live in your home.

Keep it local

Traveling increases the risk of getting or spreading COVID-19, so this is a good year to stay home for the holidays. If you travel to (or host guests from) a COVID hotspot, you may face a higher risk of infection. If you still plan to travel, take extra precautions and have a backup plan in case you or someone in your family gets sick.

Go virtual

Instead of getting together in person, take advantage of online video platforms like FaceTime, Skype or Zoom to get together with family and friends. Do your Black Friday and holiday shopping online to avoid crowds.

Move outdoors

When weather permits, move celebrations outdoors. You’ll have more space for social distancing and better ventilation. Even outdoors, though, you’ll still need to limit the number of guests, keep six feet apart and wear masks.

Dine safely

Instead of sharing dishes potluck style, cook the meal yourself or ask guests to bring their own food and drink. Avoid the traditional buffet where everyone touches the same serving spoons. Instead, appoint one person to dish up food.

Clean, clean, clean

Encourage frequent hand washing, and sanitize high-touch surfaces often. Wear a mask over your nose and mouth when around others, both indoors and outdoors.

Get tested

If you plan to visit family and friends, get a COVID-19 test before you go so you don’t\ unintentionally spread the virus. If you test positive or have symptoms, STAY HOME!

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