The COVID-19 epidemic is worsening and small household gatherings are an important contributor to the rise in COVID-19 cases. The CDC offers the following considerations to slow the spread of COVID-19 during small gatherings. These considerations are meant to supplement – NOT REPLACE – any state or local health and safety laws, rules, and regulations with which all gatherings must comply.
The following people should not attend in-person holiday gatherings
People with or exposed to COVID-19
Do not host or participate in any in-person gatherings if you or anyone in your household
- Has been diagnosed with COVID-19 and has not met the criteria for when it is safe to be around others
- Has symptoms of COVID-19
- Is waiting for COVID-19 viral test results
- May have been exposed to someone with COVID-19 in the last 14 days
- Is at increased risk of severe illness from COVID-19
Do not host or attend gatherings with anyone who has COVID-19 or has been exposed to someone with COVID-19 in the last 14 days.
People at increased risk for severe illness
If you are an older adult or person with certain medical conditions who is at increased risk of severe illness from COVID-19, or live or work with someone at increased risk of severe illness, you should avoid in-person gatherings with people who do not live in your household.
The CDC offers these considerations for small gatherings of family and friends: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/daily-life-coping/holidays.html
And for more information from the CDC regarding events and gatherings – click here: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/community/large-events/considerations-for-events-gatherings.html