The holidays are around the corner and as we begin our celebrations, we must be mindful of the ways we celebrate.

By encouraging our family and friends to make the holidays safer, we are doing our part in slowing the spread of COVID-19 and the flu. Please remember to follow the latest updates from state and local officials to ensure you are keeping your loved ones healthy to enjoy future holidays together.

Recommendations about Gatherings and Travel from the CDPH and CDC

If you are planning on attending a gathering with people outside of your household or if you are travelling for the holidays, stay up to date with the latest recommendations by visiting the CDPH and CDC sites. The recommendations below have been gathered from these sites.

Holiday Gatherings:

  • If you are gathering with people outside of your household, consider moving the gathering outdoors.
  • Limit the gatherings to no more than 10 people from no more than 3 households and to a maximum of 2 hours.
  • Create separate seating areas for each household attending the gathering and make sure to socially distance and wear a mask when not actively eating or drinking.
  • Bringing your own food, drinks, plates and utensils to the gathering can help eliminate contact with others at the gathering.
  • Think about getting individual takeout meals to support local restaurants and to have smaller portion sizes to reduce the amount of leftover foods when you have less people at your gathering.
  • If you are feeling unwell do not attend any in person gathering. Establish agreements ahead of time with your family and loved ones about navigating changes to plans if someone is feeling unwell. 

Travel:

  • Health officials in California recommend that Californians do not travel out of the state or the country during this time. If you are able to rethink your holiday travel plans, it can be helpful in reducing your risks of contracting COVID-19 or the flu.
  • If you do need to travel, there is a recommended 14-day self-quarantine upon return to California.

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