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Celebrating Winter Holidays

A birdseye view of a wooden table with holly, pomegranate seeds, and a pinecone sitting on it. Photo by pexels user Jessica Lewis. Photo used courtesy of pexels.com.With the remaining winter holidays fast approaching, The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has released a new one-page graphic resource for Celebrating the Winter Holidays.  There is also an accessible version and other winter holiday tips available here 

If you or the people you support are considering traveling to celebrate this season please review the following travel guidance before beginning a trip:

Travel may increase your chance of spreading and getting COVID-19. CDC continues to recommend postponing travel and staying home, as this is the best way to protect yourself and others this year.

If you are considering traveling for the winter holidays, here are some important questions to ask yourself and your loved ones before deciding. These questions can help you decide what is best for you and your family.

    • Are you, someone in your household, or someone you will be visiting at increased risk for getting very sick from COVID-19?
    • Are cases high or increasing in your community or at your destination? The more cases in your community or at your destination, the more likely you are to get and spread COVID-19 as a result of your door-to-door travel. Check CDC’s COVID Data Tracker for the latest number of cases in each area.
    • Are hospitals in your community or at your destination overwhelmed with patients who have COVID-19? To find out, check state and local public health department websites.
    • Does your home or destination have requirements or restrictions for travelers? Check state and local requirements before you travel.
    • During the 14 days before your travel, have you or those you are visiting had close contact with people they don’t live with?
    • Do your plans include traveling by bus, train, or airplane, which might make staying 6 feet apart difficult?
    • Are you traveling with people who don’t live with you?

If the answer to any of these questions is “yes,” you should consider making other plans, such as hosting a virtual gathering or delaying your travel.

Please be safe when celebrating this year. 

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