Staying Safe During the Spring Holidays

Safer Ways to Observe Religious Holidays

The CDC says that attending gatherings to observe religious and spiritual holidays increases your risk of getting and spreading COVID-19. The safest way to observe religious and spiritual holidays this year is to gather virtually, with people who live with you, or outside and at least 6 feet apart from others.

  • Enjoy traditional meals with those who live with you.
  • Practice religious holiday customs at home.
  • Prepare and deliver a meal to a neighbor.
  • Watch virtual religious and cultural performances.
  • Attend religious ceremonies virtually.

If you plan to celebrate with others, outdoors is safer than indoors.

While you’re around other people:

  • Wear a mask: Make sure it has two or more layers, fits over your nose and mouth and is snug against the sides of your face.
  • Stay socially distant: Remember to stay at least 6 feet away from others who do not live with you.
  • Practice good personal hygiene: Wash your hands with soap and water for 20 seconds, and keep hand sanitizer with you when you are unable to wash your hands.

When you’re around food:

  • Bring your own food, drinks, plates, cups, and utensils to holiday gatherings.
  • While eating and drinking, store your mask nearby, and put it back on as soon as you’re done.
  • Avoid going in and out of the areas where food is being prepared or handled.
  • Use single-use options, such as salad dressing and condiment packets, and disposable items such as food containers, plates and utensils.
  • If sharing food, have one person serve food and use single-use options, such as plastic utensils.

Options for holiday gatherings:

  • Consider having your holiday event and/or meal outside.
  • If possible, limit the number of guests at your event.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces and items between use.
  • If celebrating indoors, make sure to open windows.
  • Have guests bring their own food and drink.

Traveling increases your chance of getting and spreading COVID-19, but if you do travel:

  • Check travel restrictions before you go.
  • Get your flu shot before you travel.
  • Always wear a mask in public settings and on public transportation.
  • Stay at least 6 feet apart from anyone who is not in your household.
  • Wash your hands often or use hand sanitizer.
  • Avoid touching your mask, eyes, nose, and mouth.
  • Bring extra supplies, such as masks and hand sanitizer.