Pandemic Preparedness: Is it safe for me to attend a holiday gathering?

Ask yourself the following questions:

  1. Are you in a high-risk group for COVID-19 or will there be vulnerable people attending the holiday gathering you are considering? 
  2. Do you or other members of your household have potential exposures due to activities that put you in close contact with people outside your household on a regular basis? This could be by choice or it could be due to your job, childcare, etc.. 
  3. Would you need to travel to the gathering (e.g., by plane or public transportation)? If so, are there travel restrictions where you reside or where you are travelling?
  4. Are you unable to quarantine before and after the holiday gathering (including travel time)?
  5. Are the number of COVID-19 cases in your destination much higher than where you are residing? 
  6. Will there be many people attending the holiday gathering?

If you answered yes to any of the above questions, it may not be safe for you to attend a holiday gathering. Instead, opt to celebrate the holidays with your immediate family or pandemic pod.

If you answered no to all of the above questions, we still recommend minimizing your gatherings with other households. But if you choose to get together, follow the guidance and tips we provided in our previous update on how to reduce COVID-19 risk during holiday celebrations.

For more information about assessing COVID-19 risk, visit our previous update. 

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