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The holidays usually are a time to spend with loved ones celebrating family traditions. As cases of COVID-19 continue at an upward trajectory in Coconino County and many locations across the country, the holidays will require extra safety precautions.
Gatherings with family and friends outside of your household can increase the chances of getting or spreading COVID-19 or the flu. Celebrating virtually or with members of the same household who are consistently taking measures to reduce the spread of COVID-19 poses the lowest risk for spread. Travel also increases the chance of getting and spreading the coronavirus. Staying home is the best way to protect yourself and others.
If holiday plans include a gathering that brings together people from different households, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) offers some general considerations. Guests should be aware of these considerations and ask their host what mitigation measures will be in place during the gathering. Hosts should consider the following:
As a reminder, everyone should adhere to the very important safety precautions during the holidays and beyond:
More information is available at https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/daily-life-coping/holidays.html.
Following these guidelines will help make the holiday season happy and healthy.