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How to safely celebrate holidays without going out

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The holidays will no doubt look a little different this year as we continue to navigate through this COVID-19 pandemic. But don’t let the coronavirus spoil your holiday fun. The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) offers some alternatives to help you celebrate safely.

The CDC recommends that people who have COVID-19 or those who have been exposed should not attend holiday celebrations.  This includes anyone who has been tested but has not gotten their results back.

Those who are immunocompromised or high-risk should also sit this year out and avoid anyone who doesn’t live with them.  

Here are some other ways you can have fun and celebrate the holidays without posing a risk to yourself or others.

Two kids carving pumpkins for Halloween; COVID-19 safety
Two kids carving pumpkins


Halloween can be especially exciting for children, who may be looking forward to dressing up and going trick-or-treating. To minimize your risk, try these activities instead:

A bunch of painted sugar skulls for Dia de los Muertos - a safer way to celebrate during the COVID-19 pandemic

Dia de los Muertos

Like Halloween parties, families typically come together to celebrate Dia de los Muertos with food, festivities and tradition. Instead of inviting a bunch of people who don’t live in your house over to meet at a community ofrenda (altar to honor the dead), try these safer alternatives:

Computer screen with zoom call to celebrate holidays safely during COVID-19 pandemic


The whole point of Thanksgiving is to come together as a family and reflect on all the things we’re thankful for throughout the year. Many travel long distances to be with family members they haven’t seen in ages. This year, there’s a greater risk in a traditional Thanksgiving celebration due to COVID-19. Here are some safer ways to celebrate, without giving up that important family connection:

There are many alternatives to celebrating the holidays, but some might wish to host small events and invite others over. That’s okay, too. The CDC has recommendations on how to safely celebrate the holidays should you choose to be a bit more traditional.

No matter how you choose to celebrate, remember these tips to keep yourself safe:

Together, we can continue to fight the spread of COVID-19.

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