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Gather Safely this Thanksgiving

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November 19, 2021

Dear Anteater Family,

As the Thanksgiving holiday approaches, now is a good time to evaluate and plan your options for gathering with loved ones. Every choice you make will have impacts on your family and friends, including those on campus. We encourage you to take into consideration the tips below for celebrating smart.

Gather safely this holiday season

Getting ready for the holidays? Follow these best practices to protect yourself, your family, and your community as you celebrate the holiday season:

  • Get yourself and other eligible people around you vaccinated, including boosters.
  • If you do gather with people who don’t live with you, gatherings and activities held outdoors are safer than indoor settings.
  • If you are gathering indoors, avoid crowded, poorly ventilated spaces and open windows if you are able.
  • If you are indoors around others who are not fully vaccinated, consider having those at the gathering wear masks while indoors.
  • If you are sick or have symptoms, don’t host or attend a gathering and get tested for COVID-19.
  • Consider testing before and after travel and gatherings and follow Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) guidance for travel found here.

For further guidance, see the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidelines for small gatherings here and additional guidance for holiday gatherings here.

Traveling? COVID-19 testing is available

UCI’s “drop-in” asymptomatic COVID-19 testing is available for those students and employees who may be traveling and want a COVID-19 test for pre or post travel or before or after attending a gathering.

Please note the testing centers are only open Monday through Wednesday next week. The locations and hours are:

  • Student Center - Crescent Bay A - D (311 W. Peltason Dr., 8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.)
  • Plaza Verde (15000 Arroyo Dr, 8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.)
  • UClub (801 E. Peltason Dr., 8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.)

All testing sites go back to normal schedule the week of Nov. 29.

Whatever your choices, please have a safe and responsible Thanksgiving holiday. For the latest COVID-19 information, please continue to visit the UCI Forward website at www.uci.edu/coronavirus.


David Souleles, MPH
Director, COVID-19 Response Team