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.
- 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.
- 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.
- Food Safety is very important for the holidays! Click here for Food Safety Tips for the Holidays..
- Flu guidance: Encourage others to get their flu shot before gathering.
- Look at guidance or restrictions at the travel destination before you leave.
- Keep updated on COVID-19 guidance updates.
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.