Many people in the United States are beginning to plan their fall and winter holiday celebrations but we all know, in-person gatherings pose varying levels of risk.
Event organizers and attendees should consider the risk of the virus spread.
CDC offers the following considerations to help protect individuals, their families, friends, and communities from COVID-19.
If your're planning to host a holiday celebration, you should assess current COVID-19 levels in your community to determine whether to postpone, cancel, or limit the number of attendees.
Here are some guidance for celebrating holidays amid the coronavirus pandemic.
The location of the gathering – Indoor gatherings generally pose more risk than outdoor gatherings. Indoor gatherings with poor ventilation pose more risk than those with good ventilation, such as those with open windows or doors.
Gatherings with attendees who are not adhering to social distancing (staying at least 6 feet apart), mask wearing, hand washing, and other prevention behaviors pose more risk than gatherings with attendees who are engaging in these preventative behaviors.
Gatherings with more people pose more risk than gatherings with fewer people.
Gatherings with attendees who are traveling from different places pose a higher risk than gatherings with attendees who live in the same area.
Celebrating virtually or with members of your own household pose low risk for spread.
If you're waiting for COVID-19 viral test results, or have been exposed to COVID-19 should not host or participate in any in-person festivities
General considerations for fall and winter holidays
Fall and winter celebrations, such as Rosh Hashanah, Yom Kippur, Halloween, Día de los Muertos, Navratri, Diwali, Thanksgiving, Día de la Virgen de Guadalupe, Hanukah, Kwanzaa, Christmas, and New Year’s, typically include large gatherings of families and friends, crowded parties, and travel that may put people at increased risk for COVID-19.
Protect yourself and others from COVID-19:
Wear a mask to keep your nose and mouth covered when in public places.
Avoid close contact by staying at least 6 feet apart (about 2 arms’ length) from anyone who is not from your household.
Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds or use hand sanitizer (with at least 60% alcohol).
Avoid contact with anyone who is sick.
Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
For more information visit the CDC website.