Celebrations / Holiday Safety

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

Hosting Gatherings

  • Have a small dinner with only household members - visit other family or friends virtually
  • Celebrate by preparing family recipes and delivering them without close contact
  • If hosting a small gathering:
    • Host the gathering outside if possible
    • Limit gatherings to no more than 1 other household or 10 people (MDHHS Emergency Epidemic Order) in a well-ventilated room/area
    • Wear a mask indoors or within 6 feet of others outdoors
    • Wash hands/use hand sanitizer often
    • Limit the number of people handling/serving food
    • Arrange tables and chairs to allow for social distancing

Attending Gatherings

  • Check with the host or venue about COVID-19 safety guidelines in place to prevent the spread of the virus.
  • Bring supplies like extra masks, hand sanitizer and tissues to help you and others stay healthy.
  • Consider strictly avoiding contact with people outside of your household for 14 days before the gathering.

Holiday Travel

  • Do not travel if you or any of your travel companions:
    • Are sick
    • Have suspected or diagnosed COVID-19 (even if you don't have symptoms)
    • Have been around someone with suspected or diagnosed COVID-19 in the past 14 days
  • Know Your Travel Risk - learn which travel activities are lower risk to protect yourself and others
  • Wear a mask on public and mass transportation
  • Practice social distancing (maintain 6 feet space from non-household members)
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds or use hand sanitizer (with at least 60% alcohol)
  • Avoid contact with anyone who is sick
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth


  • Watch sports events, parades, and movies from home with household members only
  • Consider alternative low-risk activities like open-air tree farms and drive-through light shows
  • Shop online or by phone, rather than in person
  • If shopping in person:
    • Wear a mask that covers your mouth and nose
    • Only touch products you plan to purchase
    • Practice social distancing
    • Shop during non-peak hours (early morning/late evening)
    • If you are at increased risk for COVID-19, shop during special store hours when available
    • Use hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol after leaving stores
    • Wash hands with soap and water for 20 seconds once home

After the Celebration

If you participated in higher risk activities or think that you may have been exposed, take extra precautions for 14 days after the event:

  • Stay home as much as possible
  • Consider getting tested for COVID-19
  • Avoid being around people at risk for severe illness from COVID-19
If you develop symptoms / test positive for COVID-19, immediately contact the host and others who attended.