Celebrations during COVID-19
Please note: Advice regarding celebrations is subject to change, as the pandemic changes within our community. Please check back for updates.
Holidays and celebrations are going to look and feel different during the pandemic.
- For indoor organized public events and social gatherings, a maximum of 25 people are permitted, including your own household members.
- For outdoor organized public events and social gatherings, a maximum of 100 people are permitted, providing physical distancing can be maintained.
To protect ourselves, our loved ones and our communities, we must be mindful of the role we all play in helping to reduce the spread of COVID-19. COVID-19 is highly transmissible in social settings. One infected person could cause many people attending the same gathering to become ill. We urge you to be diligent and follow public health guidance. Learn more about your personal risk level.
Consider hosting a celebration this year; set up a phone, tablet or laptop around the dinner table to connect with those who you don’t live with.
Tips to help prevent the transmission of COVID-19:
- Do not get together with others if you are feeling unwell or have any COVID-19 symptoms, are waiting for COVID-19 test results or have been exposed to an individual with COVID-19.
- Gatherings or events are safer outdoors than indoors. Physical distancing must still be maintained outdoors.
- Wear a face covering/mask when not eating/drinkingindoors or if you can’t keep physical distance outdoors.
- Open windows to increase ventilation if safe and feasible.
- Keep the length of the gathering short. Consider getting together between or after meals.
- Wash hands often with soap and water, or use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer. Always wash hands before and after eating, as well as before and during food preparation.
- Avoid common food utensils. Bring your own food and utensils.
- Avoid potlucks, family-style meals (passing food person to person) or buffets. Consider having take-out, pre-portioned food, have guests bring their own food or have one person wearing a mask serve all food to avoid having multiple people share serving utensils.
- Use touchless garbage cans if possible.
Alternative ways to celebrate
- Consider hosting a virtual celebration. Be creative – sing songs, play virtual games or watch a movie together online.
- Instead of a large family dinner, enjoy an outdoor hike with your loved ones.
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