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Holiday guidance and recommendations


For many of us, fall and winter holidays and celebrations are a time to connect with others and enjoy annual traditions. Some of those traditions may look different this year as we all continue to keep everyone safe during the COVID-19 pandemic. KCHD offers the following guidance and recommendations.


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Stay Safe

  • Follow the 5 Core Actions.
  • Keep friends and family who do not live in your house 6 feet apart.
  • Serve food in pre-served plates to avoid buffet style.
  • Use disposable cups, plates, and utensils.
  • Avoid over-crowded stores by shopping online. Or, you can save some money and decorate simply with items found in nature, such as evergreen tree foliage.
  • Go outside! Use the outdoors to help socially distance with friends and family while visiting or eating.
  • Reduce quantity of friends and family at each gathering.

Stay Connected

  • Play games that go along with physical distancing: Bingo, Trivia, and Charades.
  • If a family member is high risk for getting COVID, instead of visiting in-person, try to keep traditions going and honor those who cannot attend in new ways by trying out one of their special seasonal recipes!
  • Relax and clear your mind by going on a walk around your neighborhood.
  • Write letters or draw pictures and send them to those who are unable to gather.
  • Virtual holiday celebration! Get connected with those friends and family who don’t live close.
  • Set up a secret gift exchange, where everyone in your family selects a different family member to send a gift. Everyone then tries to guess who their gift came from!
  • Drop of a home-cooked meal to someone who chooses not to gather with their loved ones for health reasons.
  • Have a holiday lights competition with your neighbors – see who can decorate the outside of their house the best!
  • During this stressful time, don’t be afraid to ask for help. Find a list of mental health resources here.

Stay Informed


Have a Plan

  • What to do if you get sick?
  • Have a contingency plan in case someone starts showing symptoms while visiting.
  • Open communication with friends and family on expectations.