Guide to Safer Social Interactions


The best way to not get yourself or others sick is to stay home. But seeing loved ones and friends can be important for your mental health. If you do meet with others, you can reduce your risk for getting or spreading COVID-19.

Think About the Risk of Meeting in Person

Every time you meet with others, you increase your risk of getting and spreading COVID-19. Consider the risk to yourself, the people you live with, and the people you will see.

  • Older adults and people with pre-existing health conditions are most in danger if they get COVID-19. The safest way to see them is to talk on the phone or online.

Plan How to See People Safely

Outdoor Activities are Safest

  • If you are outside, you should still stay 6 feet apart and wear face coverings if you are around people you don’t live with.

  • Meeting people indoors is much riskier. If you meet people indoors, you must always wear a face covering. Make sure you are in a room with open windows or good ventilation. Try not to touch surfaces inside.

  • Have cleaning supplies ready, so surfaces can be wiped down often.

  • Try to avoid using other people’s bathrooms, if possible.

Plan Activities to Minimize Contact

  • Hang out with as few people as possible. Try to only spend time with the same people.

  • Remember who you meet. If someone in your group feels sick later, the County can help them get tested.

  • Avoid sharing food, drinks or utensils. Each person should have their own, if possible.

  • Avoid sharing toys, bats, balls or objects passed back and forth. Bring disinfecting wipes to sanitize anything that might be shared.

  • Avoid singing, chanting, or shouting.

View more prevention tips for staying healthy during the pandemic.

Make a plan with your household and the people you are going to see. Consider creating a “social bubble” and gather outdoors only. A social bubble is a stable group of 12 people or less who have collectively agreed to limit their in-person social activities to only each other for at least three weeks.

After Your Meeting

Consider Getting Test

  • People can spread COVID-19 without knowing that they are sick. Protect your family, friends and neighbors by getting tested.

What to do if Someone you met Tests Positive for COVID-19

  • We advise people that have been in contact with someone who tests positive to self-isolate at home for 14 days since your last exposure to that person.

  • Monitor yourself for symptoms. If you start to feel sick, please contact your healthcare provider and let them know you are a contact to someone who has tested positive for COIVD-19. If you do not have a healthcare provider, call the Contra Costa Health Services Advice Nurse at 1-877-661-6230 option 1.

  • People can spread COVID-19 without knowing that they are sick. Protect your family, friends and neighbors by getting tested.​

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