Safer Holiday Celebrations During COVID-19

Lower Your Risk.
Enjoy Traditions with a Twist.

Holiday celebrations may look a little different this year, but the spirit of the season remains the same.

Embracing gratefulness, connection, resiliency and hope are more important than ever, as is protecting the ones you care about and are thankful for. As you plan for and enjoy the holidays, take steps to keep yourself and others safe while enjoying traditions with a twist.

 

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Key Actions to Lower Your Risk

The virus that causes COVID-19 spreads very easily between people. In general, the more closely a person interacts with others and the longer the interaction, the higher the risk. People can spread the virus without even knowing that they are sick.

 

The best ways to protect yourself from COVID-19:

  • Wear a face covering

  • Keep six feet apart from others

  • Wash your hands often

  • Stay home if you are sick

 

Avoid or limit your time where COVID-19 spreads more easily:

  • Crowded places

  • Close-contact settings, especially with close-range conversations

  • Confined spaces with poor airflow

     

Safer Celebrations

While celebrating virtually or with only members of your household is the safest option this year, here are some ways to reduce the risk of getting sick if you do choose to host or attend in-person gatherings:
 

Before Celebrating In-Person:

Attending an In-Person Celebration:​

  • Wear a face covering the entire time, except when eating or drinking.

  • Maintain six feet of distance from people who are not members of your household.

  • Greet others verbally or by waving, instead of hugging, kissing, shaking hands or giving elbow bumps.

  • Dress comfortably for outdoor gatherings.

  • Avoid participating in multiple gatherings with many different households.

  • Wash your hands frequently, especially before eating or drinking.

  • If you think you may have been exposed, schedule a testing appointment for five to seven days after your celebration.
     

Hosting an In-Person Celebration:

  • Remind guests to stay home if they feel sick, wear face coverings, practice social distancing and dress for an outdoor gathering.

  • Keep the gathering small (3 households maximum) and short (2 hours or less).

  • Outdoors is safer than indoors, but face coverings and social distancing are still important. Try to plan your gathering during the warmest part of the day, have blankets available or use patio heaters to make it more comfortable.

  • If you have to move indoors, open windows and doors to improve airflow.

  • Plan activities to minimize contact between guests. Avoid sharing toys, bats, balls or objects passed back and forth.

  • Limit the number of people preparing and serving food. Avoid serving food buffet-style or passing serving dishes around the table.

  • Arrange tables and chairs to allow for social distancing between guests from different households.

  • Encourage frequent hand washing and provide single-use hand towels or paper towels to avoid sharing towels or hand sanitizer

  • Regularly clean high-touch surfaces and spaces, including counters, tabletops, doorknobs, bathroom fixtures and toilets

  • Avoid gestures and actions that promote close contact. Greet guests verbally or by waving, instead of hugging, shaking hands or giving elbow bumps.

  • Avoid activities involving singing, chanting, and shouting.

  • Consider keeping a list of guests who attended for potential future contact tracing needs.

     

 
 
 
 
 

Tips for Celebrations

 

Diwali

Best Practices

  • Shopping online or by phone for delivery or curbside pickup

  • Enjoying celebrations and prayer with members of your household

  • Preparing and delivering traditional recipes and sweet treats for family, friends and neighbors

  • Sharing recipes and hosting a virtual celebration with family, friends and siblings

  • Playing games and cards with members of your household or virtually online with extended circle

  • Watching firework shows at home
     

Moderate Risk

  • Hosting a small outdoor celebration with family and friends

  • Playing games and cards with a small group

  • Attending outdoor gatherings, such as going to temple, with people from outside your household with face coverings and social distancing

  • Gathering with others in an outdoor or well-ventilated space to prepare traditional recipes

Higher Risk

  • Going shopping in crowded stores

  • Attending crowded events

  • Attending large indoor gatherings, such as going to temple, with people from outside your household

  • Attending multiple gatherings in the same day

  • Traveling far to meet with people from outside your household

     

 

Thanksgiving

Best Practices

  • Having a small dinner with only people in your household

  • Preparing and delivering traditional recipes for family, friends and neighbors

  • Sharing recipes and having a virtual dinner with family and friends

  • Shopping online or over the phone for delivery or curbside pickup

  • Watching football, parades, and movies from home or virtually with friends and family

  • Going for a walk with people in your household

  • Playing contact sports, like football, with members of your household
     

Moderate Risk

  • Having a small outdoor or open-garage dinner with family and friends

  • Having a small outdoor football tailgate and viewing

  • Going for a walk with family and friends

  • Enjoying outdoor activities, such as visiting pumpkin patches or orchards, with face coverings and social distancing

Higher Risk

  • Going shopping in crowded stores

  • Attending crowded events, such as turkey trots, parades or football tailgate parties

  • Attending large indoor gatherings with people from outside your household

  • Attending multiple gatherings in the same day

  • Traveling far to meet with people from outside your household

  • Playing contact sports, like football, with people outside of your household

     

 

Hanukkah

Best Practices

  • Celebrating only with people in your household

  • Lighting the candles and play dreidel with your household

  • Preparing and delivering traditional recipes for family, friends and neighbors

  • Sharing recipes and having a virtual celebration with family and friends

  • Shopping online or by phone for delivery or curbside pickup

  • Watching virtual holiday events and movies from home
     

Moderate Risk

  • Having a small outdoor celebration with family and friends

  • Enjoying public outdoor activities with face coverings and social distancing

  • Gathering with others in an outdoor or well-ventilated space to prepare traditional recipes

Higher Risk

  • Going shopping in crowded stores

  • Attending crowded public events

  • Attending large indoor gatherings with people from outside your household

  • Attending multiple gatherings with different households

  • Singing in groups

  • Traveling far to meet with people from outside your household

     

 

Christmas

Best Practices

  • Celebrating only with people in your household

  • Preparing and delivering traditional recipes for family, friends and neighbors

  • Sharing recipes and having a virtual celebration with family and friends

  • Shopping online or by phone for delivery or curbside pickup

  • Watching movies and virtual holiday events from home

  • Walking or driving around your neighborhood to see holiday decorations

  • Writing letters to Santa

  • Decorating your living space, indoors and outdoors, with lights and luminarias

  • Caroling from your porch or backyard or in a car parade

  • Participate in a virtual religious service
     

Moderate Risk

  • Having a small outdoor celebration with family and friends

  • Enjoying public outdoor activities with face coverings and social distancing

  • Gathering with others in an outdoor or well-ventilated space to prepare traditional recipes

  • Participating in an outdoor or drive-in religious service

Higher Risk

  • Going shopping in crowded stores

  • Attending crowded public events, such as tree lighting, caroling and pictures with Santa

  • Attending large indoor gatherings, such as parties or religious services, with people from outside your household

  • Attending multiple gatherings with different households

  • Traveling far to meet with people from outside your household

  • Singing in groups

     

 

Kwanzaa

Best Practices

  • Celebrating only with people in your household

  • Preparing and delivering traditional recipes for family, friends and neighbors

  • Having a virtual celebration with family and friends

  • Shopping online or by phone for delivery or curbside pickup

  • Watching virtual celebrations from home
     

Moderate Risk

  • Having a small outdoor celebration with family and friends

  • Enjoying public outdoor activities with face coverings and social distancing

  • Gathering with others in an outdoor or well-ventilated space to prepare traditional recipes

Higher Risk

  • Going shopping in crowded stores

  • Attending crowded public events

  • Attending large indoor gatherings with people from outside your household

  • Attending multiple gatherings with different households

  • Traveling far to meet with people from outside your household

  • Singing and chanting in groups

     

 

New Year’s

Best Practices

  • Having a virtual celebration with family and friends

  • Celebrating only with people in your household

  • Shopping online or by phone for delivery or curbside pickup

  • Watching virtual celebrations from home
     

Moderate Risk

  • Having a small outdoor celebration

  • Driving to a scenic location to watch fireworks from the car

  • Enjoying public outdoor activities with face coverings and social distancing

Higher Risk

  • Attending crowded public events

  • Attending large indoor gatherings with people from outside your household

  • Attending multiple gatherings with different households

  • Traveling far to meet with people from outside your household

  • Singing and chanting in groups

     

 

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