‘Tis the Season for Social Distancing
No matter your family’s holiday traditions, there are sure to be some changes this season. Here’s how you can still enjoy festivities while social distancing.
Take Advantage of Technology
Using a smartphone, tablet, or laptop, you can video chat with loved ones and do just about anything! Bake treats together, light candles, decorate the tree, or even sit and drink hot cocoa around a virtual fire.
If you’re used to gathering for worship this time of year, consider the low-risk option of attending a religious service online. Before the service, check if song lyrics are posted on the group’s website.
Send Cookie Care Packages
From sugar cookies to snickerdoodles, indulging in a treat (or two) is a staple of the season. After washing your hands and donning a face mask, put together a tin of your favorite sweets. Then, deliver them to the doorsteps of friends and family. If you don’t have a tin or container, cover foods in plastic wrap to avoid contamination during transport.
Consider including a recipe card so that others can have fun experimenting in the kitchen. It’s up to you if you’d prefer to keep the delivery a surprise, or if you want to coordinate a cookie swap.
Calculate Travel Risks
Before boarding a plane or piling into a car, evaluate if it’s worth the trip. Consider the following:
- What’s the infection rate where I live?
- Is COVID-19 spreading where I’m visiting?
- Am I (or others with me) at high risk for severe illness from COVID-19?
- Will I be able to stay 6 feet away from non-household members?
- Does my state require me to quarantine after traveling?
Driving poses fewer risks than flying. However, you still need to be diligent and avoid close contact with strangers when stopping at gas stations or rest areas.
For more travel tips, visit cdc.gov/coronavirus and search for “travel FAQs.”
Do Your COVID-19 Homework
There’s a lot to take into consideration when deciding where and how to celebrate the holidays this year. For more guidance on how (or if) you should gather with loved ones, click here.