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Celebrations and Holiday Gatherings
Prevent the spread during holiday season
Gatherings during the upcoming holidays can be an opportunity to reconnect with family and friends. Unfortunately, the COVID-19 pandemic is worsening, and household gatherings are an important contributor to the rise in COVID-19 cases. This holiday season, consider how your holiday plans can be modified to reduce the spread of COVID-19 to keep yourself, your friends, families, and communities healthy and safe.
Note that these considerations are meant to supplement—not replace—any state, local, territorial, or tribal health and safety laws, rules, and regulations with which all gatherings must comply.
Considerations for small gatherings of family and friends
Every choice you make will impact your family and friends, including those on campus. We encourage you to take into consideration the tips and timeline below for celebrating smart.
In-person gatherings that bring together people from different households, including college students returning home, pose varying levels of risk.
Organizers and attendees of larger events should consider the risk of virus spread based on event size and take steps to reduce the possibility of infection, as outlined in the Considerations for Events and Gatherings.
To help protect you and your loved ones, here are some tips for holiday health.
When in doubt, bow out. If you feel sick, don’t go. Yes, everyone will be disappointed, but this rule is critical. If you have any symptoms or have been exposed to someone with COVID-19 during the previous 14 days, you must stay home and avoid socializing. And remember, other holidays are right around the corner. You can catch up then.
The answer, my friend, is blowin’ in the wind. Indoor gatherings, especially in small spaces with poor ventilation, are riskier than outdoor gatherings. At the very least, open the windows if you can’t congregate outside.
The longer the party, the higher the risk. Ditto for close contact with someone who’s infected (not everyone who is contagious shows symptoms). Limit your exposure.
The more the scarier. Bigger crowds = greater risk. The number of invitees should be based on the ability of guests from different households to stay at least 6 feet apart.
Eat, drink and be wary. You know the drill by now: Wear a mask, stay physically distanced, wash your hands. By all means, enjoy visiting with family and friends, but don’t drop your guard.