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The holidays are usually spent around the table with family and friends. But this year is different. The best way to stay safe this holiday season is to limit your gathering to household members.
If you choose to celebrate with those outside your household, it’s important to take extra steps to help prevent the spread of COVID-19.
The more who gather, the more likely it is that someone will have the virus.
The longer you interact, the greater the risk of transmitting the virus.
If weather permits, hold the gathering outdoors. When inside, make sure there is good air flow. Open windows and set the fan on your thermostat to the On setting.
Make sure there is plenty of space for people to keep a physical distance of at least 6 feet.
When worn correctly, a face mask is one of the best ways to lower your risk of catching or spreading the virus.
Use hand sanitizer or wash hands with soap and water. Use disposable paper towels to dry hands.
Eating, drinking, singing, shouting, hugging – all increase the potential spread of the virus. Remind guests to do their part to protect themselves and others.
When in doubt, stay home. If you have symptoms or think you might have been exposed to the virus, do not travel or attend events. If you host a gathering, offer a virtual option for those who can’t attend in person.
These steps will make your celebration safer, but they will not remove the risk to spread the virus. Be safe and protect those you love.
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Reviewed: December 2020