Celebrate, but don’t congregate

Posted on November 16, 2020 by Sonoma Valley Sun

Cook a smaller turkey and look at the bright side: it’s a great excuse not to invite your mother-in-law.

“The best gift you can give to your families and friends this holiday season is safety,” said Dr. Sundari Mase. “When possible, please celebrate at home with household members and limit travel.”

Mase joined other Bay Area health officers to jointly advise the public that if you gather in person, keep it small, short, stable, and outdoors. Nonessential travel, including holiday travel, is discouraged.

With continued high levels of COVID-19, the safest way to celebrate this holiday season is to do so virtually or with members of your household. Gathering with people outside your household – even extended family – increases the risk of getting and spreading COVID-19.

Limit gatherings to no more than 12 people from no more than three households. However, there are many ways to enjoy the holidays with loved ones without gathering:

  • Enjoy holiday traditions at home with your household
  • Decorate your home and/or yard
  • Share a virtual meal with family and friends
  • Host online parties and/or contests
  • Prepare meals using traditional recipes and deliver to family and neighbors
  • Attend holiday movie nights at drive-in venues
  • Visit holiday-themed outdoor art installations
  • Participate in drive-by events where everyone stays in their vehicles

Download the recommendations for Staying Safe from Covid-19 During the Holidays in Englishand Spanish.


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