Tips for Safe Holiday Celebrations

By: Women's Care Staff

As we head into the holiday season, many people plan to spend time with loved ones. As multiple generations of families gather together, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has updated its recommendations for celebrating the holiday season as safely as possible.

  • Get vaccinated. Every eligible person should get vaccinated. Keep yourself and the most vulnerable populations around you as safe as possible, including your elderly grandmother who may have some underlying health problems, and the newest grandchild in the family who is too young to be vaccinated.
  • Wear a mask in public indoor settings if you are not vaccinated. You may even wish to wear a mask if you are vaccinated while spending time with someone who is not vaccinated or who is medically vulnerable.
  • Avoid crowded, poorly ventilated spaces. Weather permitting, spend time outside for holiday gatherings, if possible.
  • Stay home if you’re sick. Graciously decline an invitation if you are sick or have COVID-19 symptoms. 
  • Get tested if you have COVID-19 symptoms yourself or have recently been exposed.
  • Travel with caution. Travel is a little more open, but the CDC still recommends delaying travel plans if you are not fully vaccinated. If you are thinking about traveling overseas, be sure to check the CDC website for international travel restrictions and required testing.
  • Wear a mask during travel. Expect to wear a mask, even if fully vaccinated, if traveling on public transport or by air.
  • Consider getting a booster. If you are a direct health care worker, over age 65, pregnant, or have underlying medical conditions and were fully vaccinated at least six months ago, consider getting a booster.
  • Children under age 2 should not be masked.
  • Consider where you are going—or from where people are coming. If any of those areas have very high positive rates, be extra cautious and get tested, and stay masked.
  • Wash your hands. Proper hand washing is very important and is your first line of defense against viruses.

For many of us, this will be the first time we have seen those close to us in a year or more. Have fun and stay safe!