The COVID-19 surge during the holiday season of 2020 limited the ways we were able to gather with our loved ones. This year, the COVID-19 vaccine and booster shots have made it safer to gather, but there are still precautions we should take to protect each other.
If you’re planning to travel or attend celebrations during the holidays, it is highly recommended that everyone in attendance is vaccinated to reduce the risk of contracting or spreading COVID-19. If you were to be exposed to COVID-19 and test positive, the vaccine helps your body fight the virus to prevent the illness from being as serious. If you got your vaccine at least six months ago, remember to check if you’re eligible for a booster shot.
Wear a Mask
While you may be able to gather without a mask if you’re outside or in a small group of vaccinated individuals, you should discuss your specific health needs with your healthcare provider. When in doubt, it’s best to mask up. If you or anyone else at a gathering is higher risk for COVID-19, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends wearing a mask to minimize transmission levels. Masks are always required within the community.
Avoid High Transmission Areas
It’s best to avoid crowded spaces, especially if they’re poorly ventilated. Places like airports and restaurants are higher-risk areas than outdoor spaces or spacious indoor places with a smaller group of people.
COVID-19 has created a new reality for our society, and while it requires quite an adjustment, we can find new ways to enjoy each other’s company without risking our wellbeing. See below for a few alternative ways to meet if you want to reduce the risk of traveling or gathering in-person:
- Connect over video call
- Send fun holiday cards
- Visit somewhere local in person with masks on
We know how difficult it is to stay connected when physically distancing. We’re in this together, and we do our best to maintain a strong sense of community at Horizon House throughout this time. No matter what you choose to do this season, just keep in mind you and your community’s health, and feel free to ask a healthcare provider or visit CDC.gov for help in assessing what’s best for your specific situation.
For visit our COVID-19 updates page here for the most current information.