Keep your family and loved ones safe this holiday season with these guidelines from the CDC. And remember that enjoying your holiday isn’t about how many people you’re around, but the quality time spent together.

Wear your mask!

  • A mask with two or more layers has been proven to stop the spread of COVID-19 and protect yourself and others.
  • Wear your mask over your nose and mouth, and make sure it fits snugly against the sides of your face.
  • You should wear a mask indoors and outdoors or whenever you’re not alone.
  • In cold weather, you can most definitely wear your mask under a scarf, ski mask, or balaclava.
  • Always keep a spare mask handy in case your mask becomes wet from moisture in your breath or from snow or rain.

Always stay at least 6 feet away from others who do not live with you

  • Indoors or outdoors, you are more likely to get or spread COVID-19 when you are in close contact with others for a total of 15 minutes or more over a 24-hour period.
  • People without symptoms or with a recent negative test result can still spread COVID-19 to others.

Avoid crowded, poorly ventilated indoor spaces

  • As much as you possibly can, it is best to avoid crowds and indoor spaces that do not offer fresh air from the outdoors. If indoors, bring in fresh air by opening windows and doors.

Wash, wash, wash your hands!

  • Wash hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after you have been in a public place, after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing, and before eating especially!
  • If soap and water are not readily available, use a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol.
  • Avoid touching your mask, eyes, nose, and mouth.

Get a flu shot as soon as possible

  • The flu shot can help protect you and your family, friends, and community from getting and spreading the flu.
  • By getting a flu shot, you can also help lower hospital visits and serious health problems from the flu.

Have a Safer Celebration!

Celebrating virtually or with the people you live with is the safest choice this winter.

If you absolutely must gather with people who don’t live with you, these gatherings and activities should be held outdoors, this is safer than indoor gatherings.  Although this holiday is certainly different than what we are accustomed to, it is extremely important to follow these important steps to ensure we can do everything we can to enjoy the next one!