The most wonderful time of the year is coming up and we all want to spend those times with the ones we love.

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1) Get Tested

If you do plan on going home for the holidays — make sure you get tested.

Before heading home, minimize exposure & limit activities and contacts ➡️ stick to your bubble or quaranteam⁠.

If you test positive make sure to isolate yourself. Let others with whom you have been in contact since the time of your exposure know so they can also get tested.

2) Traveling

Some types of travel and activities can put you at higher risk for exposure to COVID-19. View CDC recommendations here.

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  • Avoid close contact by staying at least 6 feet apart from anyone who is not from your household.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds or use hand sanitizer (with at least 60% alcohol).
  • Avoid contact with anyone who is sick.
  • Avoid touching your face mask, eyes, nose, and mouth.

Reduce the number of stops on the trip.

  • Take a direct flight if possible.
  • If driving, pack food/snacks for the car trip home.

Food stops:

Getting gas:

  • Use disposable gloves to gas or use disinfecting wipes on handles and buttons at the gas pumps before you touch them (if available).
  • After fueling, use a hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol. When you get to your destination, wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.

What to do when you get home

The most cautious approach upon arrival home is to quarantine for fourteen days.

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  • Use separate serving ware, utensils, glasses, and plates.
  • Use a separate bathroom from other family members. If not possible, disinfect the bathroom after each use.
  • Avoid physical contact (the hugs and kisses can come later).
  • Wear a mask and maintain a distance of at least 6 ft when in the presence of others.
  • Restrict movement within and outside the home.

3) Considerations for Small Gatherings of Family and Friends

The best way to keep everyone safe? Celebrating virtually this year or keeping your celebration limited to your own household.

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  • Plan ahead and ask guests to avoid contact with people outside of their households for 14 days before the gathering.

4) Food and drinks at small holiday gatherings

There is no evidence that Covid-19 can be spread from eating or handling food. But it is possible for Covid to spread from touching surfaces or objects.

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  • Have one person who is wearing a mask serve all the food so that multiple people are not handling the serving utensils.
  • Designate a space for guests to wash hands after handling or eating food.
  • Wash dishes in the dishwasher or with hot soapy water immediately following the gathering.

5) Steps to take if exposed to COVID-19 during a holiday gathering

If you are exposed to Covid-19 at any time, you should self-quarantine to protect others.

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  • Consider getting tested for COVID-19. Even if you test negative for COVID-19 or feel healthy, you should still stay home (quarantine) for 14 days after your last contact with a person who has COVID-19. This is because symptoms may appear 2 to 14 days after exposure to the virus, and some infected people never have symptoms but are still contagious.
  • Do not travel until 14 days after your last possible exposure.

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