Same greetings,
new meetings.
The holidays will look different this year, but that doesn’t mean you need to miss out on seeing your family.
The safest way to celebrate this year is only gathering with people who live in your home. Consider other holiday activities.
Safely prepare traditional dishes and deliver them to family and neighbors.
Host a virtual celebration with friends and family who don’t live with you.
Shop online. Use contact-free services like curbside pick-up and delivery.
Watch television and play games with people in your household.
Protect yourself and others
from COVID-19.

The virus that causes COVID-19 spreads easily through respiratory droplets. Settings where COVID-19 spreads more easily include:

  • Crowded places with many people nearby.
  • Close-contact settings where people have close-range conversations.
  • Confined and enclosed spaces with poor ventilation.

Even if you are around family and friends you know and trust, it is important to take precautions.

Wear a mask when you cannot safely maintain a distance of 6 feet from others. Learn more about how masks protect you and others.
Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds or use hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol, if soap and water are not available.
Stay at least 6 feet away from others who do not live in your household, whether outdoors or indoors.
Learn More Ways to Celebrate Safely

Gatherings during the upcoming holidays can be an opportunity to reconnect with family and friends. This holiday season, consider how your holiday plans can be modified to reduce the spread of COVID-19 to keep your friends, families, and communities healthy and safe.


We all want to be together with friends and family during the holidays. But, if we want to protect the ones we love, we have to avoid risky situations this year — and that includes the gatherings we hold dear. With some safety tweaks, you’ll see that many holiday traditions can still be enjoyed with just as much joy.

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