COVID-19 Holiday Season Guidelines



A family gathered for the holidays.

V. Sathish, News Section Co-Editor

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!