COVID-19 Holiday Season Guidelines



A family gathered for the holidays.

The holiday season has started! Regardless of what you celebrate, here are some guidelines from the CDC on how to spend the holidays safely.

First and foremost, more than 2 million COVID-19 cases were reported in the last two weeks (today being 11/25).  Therefore, the safest way to celebrate the holidays is with the people you live with, or with a virtual gathering. If this is not possible, we will provide travel and gathering guidelines.   

First and foremost, wear a mask, stay 6 feet apart and wash your hands frequently with soap and water for twenty seconds.



  • Check to see if your destination has high levels of COVID-19
  • Check the COVID-19 restrictions for your destination, and for the trip along the way. Ex: Check if there are mask mandates outdoors in the state you are in if you are getting out of the car along the way
  • Get the flu shot before you travel
  • Avoid touching your mask, eyes, nose, and mouth
  • Bring extra masks and sanitizers


 Gathering and Food Precautions

  • Ask guests to avoid contact with other people for 14 days before gathering
  • Limit attendance based on the state/local guidelines
  • Avoid direct contact with anyone outside your household. Ex: hugs and handshakes
  • Have your gatherings outside
  • Avoid singing and shouting, especially indoors. And to further avoid shouting avoid playing loud music so the guests won’t have to shout over the music
  • Increase ventilation by opening windows and doors if the gathering is inside
  • Provide extra masks, stock bathrooms with single-use hand towels/paper towels, and plenty of hand soap


  • If it is possible, everyone can bring their own food. If not…
    • Limit people around areas of food preparation and handling
    • Use disposable plates and utensils, and use individually packaged condiments 
    • Before making, serving, and eating food, encourage people to wash their hands
    • Also, make sure to wear a mask while serving and preparing food
    • Limit contact with shared items. Ex: Have one person serve everyone so everyone won’t have to touch the serving utensils 


 We hope you have a wonderful holiday season; have fun and be safe!