Happy Holidays Are Safe Holidays
Holiday celebrations on your mind? We have a few tips on how to stay safer and celebrate while keeping yourself and your loved ones safe from the spread of COVID-19 or the flu. Remember, the safest way to celebrate is with members of your own household. Even relatives in other homes have added risk. The CDC says, “Staying home is the best way to protect yourself and others from COVID-19.” If you must attend gatherings, take every necessary precaution to minimize your chance of getting or spreading COVID-19.
Wear a mask
- Wear a mask with two or more layers to stop the spread of COVID-19.
- Wear the mask over your nose and mouth and secure it under your chin.
- Make sure the mask fits snugly against the sides of your face.
Stay at least 6 feet away from others who do not live with you
- Remember that some people without symptoms may be able to spread COVID-19 or flu.
- Keeping 6 feet (about 2 arm lengths) from others is especially important for people who are at higher risk of getting very sick.
Wash your hands
- Wash hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
- Keep hand sanitizer with you and use it when you are unable to wash your hands.
- Use hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol.
Stay Safe While Attending a Gathering
It’s important to consider the risks posed by in-person events. If you are uncomfortable with the level of risk involved, consider canceling, postponing or not attending the event. However, if you must attend a gathering, take these additional steps to keep everyone safe.
- Bring your own food, drinks, plates, cups, and utensils.
- Wear a mask, and safely store your mask while eating and drinking.
- Avoid going in and out of the areas where food is being prepared or handled, such as in the kitchen.
- Use single-use options, like salad dressing and condiment packets, and disposable items like food containers, plates, and utensils.
- Have conversations with guests ahead of time to set expectations for celebrating together.
Who Should Avoid In-Person Gatherings?
Don’t host or attend an in-person event if you or anyone in your household:
- Has been diagnosed with COVID-19 and hasn’t met the criteria for when it’s safe to be around others
- Has symptoms of COVID-19
- Is waiting for the results of a COVID-19 test
- May have been exposed to someone with COVID-19 in the last 14 days
- Is at increased risk of severe illness with COVID-19
After the Celebration
After the event, if you feel that you were in close contact with many people from different households or that you may have been exposed to the COVID-19 virus, take extra precautions for 14 days. Stay at home as much as possible, and consider getting tested for COVID-19. There are many COVID-19 testing options in Los Angeles County.
If you develop symptoms of COVID-19 or you test positive for COVID-19, immediately contact the host and other guests who attended the event. This can help reduce the spread of COVID-19 by ensuring that others get tested or stay home and away from others, if needed.
The holidays will involve extra planning this year. But taking safety precautions can allow you, your family, and your friends to celebrate and minimize the risk of becoming infected with or spreading the COVID-19.
APHCV wishes everyone a joyful and safe holiday.
If you or someone you know is sad or anxious because of how COVID-19 affected your life, please call (800) 854-7771 for help.