Health and Safety During the Holidays

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December 15, 2020

Health and Safety During the Holidays

As we continue to manage through these challenging times, especially with COVID-19 once again on the rise, you may be wondering how to best navigate holiday gatherings with friends and loved ones.

As the holiday season nears, we want to remind you there are important guidelines you can follow to optimize safety for you and your loved ones:

  • Avoid large gatherings where more than one household is present. Consider video conferencing old friends and extended family as you partake in holiday traditions.
  • If possible, move your holiday celebrations outdoors. If that is not an option, make sure you have plenty of ventilation in the rooms you plan to gather. Provide everyone with their own serving spoon and add seating space between family members as an added precaution.
  • If you will be hosting out-of-town family or friends, ask that they limit high-risk activities for two weeks before arrival. High-risk activities include attendance at any social gathering in which social distancing is not practiced, attendance at gatherings where multiple households are present, and not wearing a mask in public.
  • If out-of-town guests will travel to your home via plane, train, or bus encourage them to use disinfecting/sanitizing wipes to clean touchable surfaces while they are enroute. When they arrive, as hard as it may be, avoid hugging, kissing, and shaking hands.
  • Remember to wear a mask when you are inside and outside when you cannot maintain a minimum of six feet of distance. Practice frequent hand washing and disinfect common high-touch areas; such as door knobs, lights witches and counter tops.


  • Check out the Pennsylvania Department of Health’s official mobile app, COVID Alert PA and/or the NJ Department of Health's COVID Alert NJ. Available at no cost from Google Play and the Apple App Store, the app anonymously identifies and alerts users of a potential exposure to someone diagnosed with COVID-19 and provides information about the virus and steps for controlling the spread.
  • State regulations are changing and it is important to stay up to date on the latest recommendations. For the most up to date information visit your state’s Department of Health website or the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Holiday Celebrations webpage.

Let’s all do our part to ensure a safe, happy, and healthy holiday season.

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