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Safer Holiday Celebrations 

CCHS encourages everyone to celebrate safely and protect themselves and their loved ones from COVID-19. Getting vaccinated is the best way to lower the risk of getting or spreading COVID-19, especially during holiday gatherings.

Let’s work together to keep ourselves, our family and our friends safe while enjoying the holidays.

Key Actions to Lower Your Risk

Get Vaccinated or Get a Booster Shot

  • Our single best protection against COVID-19 is vaccination.

  • All the vaccines are safe, effective and free for anyone who is 5 or older.

  • Every vaccinated person 16 and older eligible to get a booster shot should get one for maximum protection.

  • You can protect those too young to be vaccinated by making sure those around them are vaccinated.

Wear a Mask

  • Wear a well-fitted mask over your nose and mouth if you’re in public indoor spaces.

  • A mask is required in most indoor public spaces in Contra Costa County, regardless of vaccination status.

Get Tested

  • Attending a gathering or event increases your chance of being exposed to COVID-19.

  • Testing is a healthy choice for people who attend gatherings – whether or not they develop symptoms.

  • Three to seven days after a gathering is the best time to test.

  • If you think you’ve been exposed to COVID-19 or develop symptoms, learn when to quarantine and isolate

Take Precautions if You Travel

  • If possible, delay travel if you are not vaccinated or feeling sick.

  • Masks are required on public transportation, such as planes and buses.

  • Avoid crowds.

  • Get tested before and after your trip.

  • Click for more information from the CDC about domestic travel and international travel.

Safer Celebrations

Gathering with people you live with is the safest choice. If you do gather with others:

  • Smaller gatherings are safer than larger ones.

  • Avoid crowded, poorly ventilated spaces.

  • Open windows to bring in fresh air.

  • If you feel sick, stay home and don’t host any gatherings.

How can I protect my unvaccinated family members?

  • Get vaccinated or get a booster shot yourself.

  • Be sure everyone in your family who is 5 or older is fully vaccinated.

  • If you're gathering with a group of people from multiple households or from different parts of the country, you could consider additional precautions such as avoiding crowded spaces before travel and taking a test before gathering.

If you or someone you know needs help:


Contra Costa Crisis Center: Call 211 or text HOPE to 20121 for 24/7 crisis support and resource referrals

24-hour CCHS Behavioral Health Access Line1-888-678-7277

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