CDC Guidelines for Winter Holidays

December 23, 2020



The safest way to celebrate this season is to stay at home with the people who live with you. Travel and gatherings with those who don’t increase your chances of contracting or spreading the flu or COVID-19. If cases in your area or high, you are at an increased risk at contracting COVID-19, or if local hospitals are overwhelmed with patients, it may be better to host a virtual gathering, or delay your travel until numbers die down.


If you take part in any holiday celebrations, make sure to wear a mask with two or more layers to protect yourself and others. Wear your mask indoors and outdoors, and keep spares in case they become wet from snow or rain. Stay at least 6 feet away from others who do not live with you and remembers that those without symptoms or with a recent negative test result can still spread COVID-19 to others.

Other Winter Activities

Consider hosting a virtual celebration with friends and family this year. Schedule a time to enjoy a meal together over the phone and have people show off their dishes, or set a time to open gifts together. You can decorate or create a winter holiday scene to take family photos at home to send to friends and family. You can also drive or walk around your community with members of your household to enjoy decorations and lights together. If you traditionally visit Santa Claus with younger family members, see if local businesses offer a virtual visit to the North Pole or visit him outside wearing a mask and staying 6 feet apart. Many businesses have set up Plexiglas safety windows so that children may visit Santa safely!


Do what is best for you and your loved ones this holiday season. Being away from friends and family during this time of year can be hard. Practicing gratefulness is the best practice to reduce holiday blues and to better your emotional wellbeing. Be kind to yourself and others for making it through a difficult year; we can still find ways to express love and connect in ways that are safe for us all!