Holiday Gatherings During the Pandemic

We continue in a very dangerous pandemic. Our infection rates dropped in 2021 as folks got vaccinated. But our infection rates are once again creeping back up as cooler weather and DST have arrived. Hence, folks are returning to indoor activities.

We can have and enjoy the wonderful Thanksgiving, Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa and New Year’s Day holidays while being vigilant about public health safety during the pandemic.  Hopefully all of your guests will be fully vaccinated.  

Let’s prepare for our 2021 winter holidays!

Vaccination / Holiday Timeline

Here is the timeline for being fully vaccinated.  Fully vaccinated includes receiving the booster vaccine. Just remember that we are also in flu season. All vaccines should be received at least 14 days / 2 weeks before a gathering.

  • Thanksgiving November 10th
  • Hanukkah November 13th
  • Christmas December 9th
  • Kwanzaa December 11th
  • New Year’s Day December 13th

Consider the following as you plan for indoor winter holiday gatherings:

  1. What is the vaccination status of your invited guests?
  2. Are you willing to do temperature scans of guests?
  3. Remember the length of time inside and the number of guests should be considered.
  4. Limit your number of guests to a maximum of 10 vaccinated individuals ONLY if social distancing can be assured.
  5. Limit time to no more than 60 minutes.
  6. Will guests be asked to mask up?
  7. Have plenty of hand sanitizer available.
  8. Assemble / prepare “to-go” containers ready before guests arrive.
  9. Make plans for contactless drive up – pick up and go!
  10. Pray for good health, wellness and safety for 2022.
Plan in advance! Have “to-go” meals ready!!
Make plans for safe distancing!

We Can Do This! Let’s Plan for Safe Holidays!