Holiday Safety During COVID

The fall and winter holidays bring fun, food, friends, and family. Yet the COVID-19 pandemic brings unique challenges this holiday season.  Staying home and avoiding contact with people you don’t live with is the best way to protect yourself and others from COVID-19. We know that can be hard.

Friday, the Governor will share more guidance on changes to the ReOpening Plan but in the meantime, please plan to celebrate safely.

Safely Celebrate the Holidays

  • Wear a mask – even under a Halloween costume or in the comfort of your own home if you are around guests that do not live with you consistently. Launder reusable masks regularly to maintain their protective properties.
  • Take it outside – plan activities and gather outside when weather allows. Schedule a family pumpkin picking or leave gathering activity instead of a traditional holiday gathering.
  • Maintain your contact journal – whether you use the Crush COVID ap or a plain old pen and paper, keep a log of all people you are in close contact with for longer than 15 minutes of time.
  • Limit your social circle – while social gatherings are officially limited to 15 or less, it is recommended that you limit your holiday gatherings to those living within your household and practice social distancing and mask wearing if around others. Please remember the PHA’s visitor policy and limit guests into our high rises and shared spaces as well.
  • Clean and disinfect – wipe down high touch surfaces often to prevent the spread of germs within your home. Wash your hands often or use a hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol content.
  • Socially distance yourself – maintain at least 6 feet distance between you and others who are not in your immediate household, especially when in contact for longer than 15 minutes.
  • Go virtual – Being physically apart does not mean you can’t be social. Go virtual with your holiday celebrations to be safe and maintain closeness with your loved ones.

There are lots of ways to celebrate the holidays. This year, we just have to be a bit more creative in our efforts to spread cheer.  For additional guidance, visit the CDC’s website on Holiday Celebrations in English (en español).

Celebration Graphics & Tips


Check out these Halloween holiday tips from the RI Department of Health:

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