As we make plans for the upcoming holidays, it's important to remember that following county, state, and national guidelines can help prevent us from getting sick.
Some simple things we can all do include:
- Wearing a mask
- Practicing physical distancing
- Washing hands frequently
- Connecting with friends and family online rather than in person
- Limiting holiday celebrations to just the members of your immediate household
- If you're not feeling well:
- Stay home and isolate yourself from others
- Call your doctor
- Get tested
Earlier this month, Gov. Gavin Newsom issued a stay-at-home order to help stop the growth of COVID-19 cases across the state. This order requires Californians to stay at home as much as possible and prohibits gatherings for at least the next three weeks. If multi-family gatherings are permitted in time for the holidays:
- Only use outdoor spaces
- Maintain physical distancing with anyone you do not live with
- Use face covers when not eating or drinking
- Keep the gathering small and brief
In addition, the governors of California, Oregon, and Washington have issued travel advisories that urge against non-essential out-of-state travel, ask people to self-quarantine for 14 days after arriving from another state or country, and encourage residents to stay local.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) also put together a list of considerations to help protect individuals and their families, friends, and communities from COVID-19 around the holidays.
Be well and stay safe this holiday season!