As COVID-19 cases continue to rapidly increase, it is important to take precautions to protect our most vulnerable populations. According to the CDC, family gatherings that include individuals outside your immediate household will increase the chances of spreading COVID-19 or the flu.
It is recommended to modify your holiday plans to keep your friends, family, and community healthy and safe. The following considerations are recommended – not meant to replace – local, state, or territorial mandates of which all gatherings are required to follow:
Celebrate virtually using video conferencing with members of your household to replace normal gathering traditions.
However, if you do still plan to meet in person, check local COVID-19 infection rates where you plan to travel.
- Limit the number of attendees as much as possible to allow members of different households to remain at least 6 feet apart at all times. Avoid direct contact with other not in the same household.
- Try to gather in an area where social distancing rules can be followed. Outdoors, large social hall, anywhere that you can distance yourself appropriately. Consider opening doors and windows to have continuous air circulation.
- Make sure all attending individuals use standard prevention measures, such as proper handwashing or mask wearing.
- Do not travel if you are experiencing or have experienced COVID-19 symptoms, or if you may have been exposed to individuals with COVID-19 in the last 14 days.
Remember, the more prevention measures that you put in place, the safer your gathering will be. No one measure is enough to preventing the spread of COVID-19.
For more information about CDC holiday recommendations, please click here.
Stay safe and have a great holiday season.
-Grane Hospice Care