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CDC Tips for Holiday Gatherings

Traditional holiday gatherings with family and friends are fun but can increase the chances of acquiring or spreading COVID-19 or the flu.  Follow these tips from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to make your Winter Break safer:


Wear a mask

  • Wear a mask with two or more layers to stop the spread of COVID-19. 

  • Wear the mask over your nose and mouth, keeping it secure under your chin.

  • Make sure the mask fits snugly against the sides of your face.


Maintain social distance

  • Maintain a social distance of at least six feet from others who do not live with you.
  • Remember that some people without symptoms may be able to spread COVID-19 or the flu.

  • Keeping 6 feet (about two arm lengths) from others is especially important for people who are at higher risk of getting very sick.


Wash your hands

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.

  • Keep hand sanitizer with you and use it when you are unable to wash your hands.

  • Use hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol.




Monitor symptoms

  • Continue to review our daily symptom screening tools and COVID-19 decision trees, being mindful of the health and wellness of all members of the household.






Travel considerations
  • Are you, someone in your household, or someone you will be visiting at increased risk for getting very sick from COVID-19?

  • Are cases high or increasing in your community or at your destination? The more cases in your community or at your destination, the more likely you are to get and spread COVID-19 as a result of your door-to-door travel. Check the CDC’s COVID Data Tracker for the latest number of cases in each area.

  • Are hospitals in your community or at your destination overwhelmed with patients who have COVID-19? To find out, check state and local public health department websites.

  • Does your home or destination have requirements or restrictions for travelers? Check state and local requirements before you travel.

  • During the 14 days before your travel, have you or those you are visiting had close contact with people they don’t live with?

  • Do your plans include traveling by bus, train, or airplane, which might make staying 6 feet apart difficult?

  • Are you traveling with people who don’t live with you?
If the answer to any of these questions is “yes,” you should consider making other plans, such as hosting a virtual gathering or delaying your travel.
If your answers are “no” and you do decide to travel, be sure to take these steps during your trip to protect yourself and others from COVID-19:



Families are also encouraged to bookmark our COVID-19 dashboard, which provides comprehensive data on positive cases and quarantine status by date, school and grade level.