Learn how to celebrate the holidays safely. The guidance below will help you and your family make decisions to stay safe and prevent the spread of COVID-19.
Do Not Host or Attend In-Person Festivities if You
- Are experiencing any COVID-19 symptoms
- Have been diagnosed with COVID-19
- Are waiting for COVID-19 test results
- Have been exposed to someone with COVID-19 in the last 14 days
- Are at increased risk for severe illness from COVID-19
Safer Ways to Celebrate Holidays
- Attending gatherings to celebrate events and holidays increases your risk of getting and spreading COVID-19. The safest way to celebrate is virtually, with people who live with you, or outside and at least 6 feet apart from others.
- If you are attending a holiday celebration, you may want to think about what steps you need to take to
protect yourself and your loved ones from COVID-19.
- If you are not fully vaccinated and aged 2 or older, you should wear a mask in indoor public places.
- In general, you do not need to wear a mask in outdoor settings.
- In areas with
high numbers of COVID-19 cases, consider wearing a mask in crowded outdoor settings and for activities with close contact with others who are not fully vaccinated.
- If you are fully vaccinated, see
When You’ve Been Fully Vaccinated.
- Have conversations ahead of time to understand expectations for celebrating together.
when to wear a mask.
- If celebrating indoors, bring in fresh air by opening windows and doors, if possible. You can use a window fan in one of the open windows to blow air out of the window. This will pull fresh air in through the other open windows.
More information on Holiday Celebrations recommendations
- DC recommends delaying travel until you are
- If you are not fully vaccinated and must
travel, follow CDC's
Domestic Travel or
International Travel recommendations for unvaccinated people.
- If you will be traveling with unvaccinated people, such as children younger than 12 who are not eligible for vaccines, follow recommendations for unvaccinated people and choose the
safer travel options.
- Everyone, even people who are fully vaccinated, will still be
required to wear a mask on public transportation.
- If you are considering traveling for a holiday or event, visit CDC's
Travel page to help you decide what is best for you and your family.