The COVID-19 pandemic has made most go into isolation. With the upcoming holiday season, reconnecting with family and friends may be tricky. Consider how your plans can still happen but be modified. This will help keep your loved ones and community healthy and safe for the new year.
Small household gatherings are, in fact, a big contributor to the rise in COVID-19 cases. However, the CDC has provided guidelines to reduce the risk of spread. Please note, these are not replacements of any state or tribal health and safety orders. Follow the rules of your local community first and foremost.
Technology is your new best friend this holiday season. Instead of having an in-person gathering that brings people together from other households, celebrate virtually to pose the lowest risk for spread.
Consider sending all the ingredients of your favorite pie to your family members. You can all prepare it beforehand and enjoy it all together over FaceTime. Or, send Christmas gifts in advance and open them with your loved ones via Zoom.
Other activities include:
- Having a small dinner with only people who live in your household
- Preparing traditional recipes for neighbors, especially those at higher risk of severe illness from COVID-19, and delivering them in a way that doesn’t involve contact
- Shopping online rather than in-person to get your holiday gifts
- Watching sports events, parades and movies from home
For more holiday guidance, please visit cdc.org.