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.