Everyone wants to enjoy time with others over the holidays while keeping everyone safe and healthy. By planning ahead you can help lower the risks of transmission of COVID-19 to friends and loved ones. The safest option is celebrating virtually, however if you will be celebrating in-person, consider the following:
- If cases are rising where you live or are considered ‘substantial’ you may want to reconsider gathering in person.
- When planning number of guests, make sure your space will allow for 6 feet of social distancing.
- If you are traveling, travel in your own vehicle and avoid busy rest stops.
- Outdoor gatherings pose less risk. If you are indoors, try to open a window for fresh air and circulation.
- Suggest each household bring their own food and drink to avoid families sharing food.
- If you’re cooking for other households, remember to wear a mask while preparing the food and wash your hands often.
- If possible, provide food that is pre-portioned, or have one person serve food to guests as opposed to buffet style.
- Encourage guests to wash their hands for at least 20 seconds before and after eating. Also provide hand sanitizer containing at least 60% alcohol.
- Change hand towels frequently, or provide disposable (paper) towels.
- Wash dishes or put them in the dishwasher immediately after everyone is finished eating.
- Frequently disinfect high-traffic surfaces like tables, chairs, doorknobs, light switches, remote controls, toilets, and sinks.
- Do not allow pets to interact with members of other households.
- The shorter the time of your gathering, the less chance there will be of spreading COVID-19.
Check and follow the most recent CDC and PA Department of Health guidelines for up to date information:
Centers for Disease Control Website
PA Department of Health Website