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Guidelines for vacation get-togethers and travel

As Thanksgiving approaches, we want to share our guidelines for safe holiday celebrations and travel with you. If you could share this with your readers, viewers, and social media followers, we’d love to do it. Have a nice, safe and relaxing vacation.

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As families, often many generations, gather to celebrate the holidays, here are the best ways to minimize the risk of COVID-19 and keep your family and friends safe during the season.

The best proven way to protect yourself and others is to get vaccinated if you are eligible. If you are 18 years of age or older and entitled to a booster vaccination, we strongly recommend that you take advantage of the continued protection. Anyone not fully vaccinated, i.e. not at least two weeks since the second dose of Pfizer or Moderna or two weeks after the Johnson and Johnson vaccine, should be masked at all times indoors except when eating or drinking . It is also recommended that you test within 24 hours before dating anyone outside your household.

Here are other safe ways to celebrate the holidays:

Generally:

  • Protect those who are not yet eligible for vaccination, such as: B. Young children by vaccinating yourself and other authorized people around you.
  • Wear well-fitting masks over your nose and mouth when in public indoor spaces if you are not fully vaccinated.
  • Even fully vaccinated individuals should wear a mask in indoor public areas in communities with significant to high transmission.
  • It’s safer outside than inside.
  • Avoid crowded, poorly ventilated rooms.
  • When you are sick or have symptoms, do not hold or attend meetings.
  • Get tested if you have symptoms of COVID-19 or are in close contact with someone who has COVID-19.

If you are traveling for a vacation or an event:

Visit CDC’s travel site to help you decide what’s best for you and your family. CDC continues to recommend postponing travel until you are fully vaccinated.

Special considerations:

  • People with a medical condition or taking medications that weaken their immune systems may not be fully protected even if they are fully vaccinated and given an extra dose. You should continue to take all of the precautions recommended for an unvaccinated person, including wearing a well-fitting mask, until your health care provider recommends otherwise.
  • You can wear a mask regardless of the degree of transmission if a member of your household has a weakened immune system, is at increased risk of developing a serious illness, or is not vaccinated.
  • If you are gathering with a group of people from multiple households, and possibly from different parts of the country, you can take extra precautionary measures prior to the meeting (e.g. avoiding crowded interiors before traveling, getting a test) to further increase the risk to decrease.
  • DO NOT put a mask on children under 2 years of age.

Working together, we can enjoy safer vacations and travel, and protect our own health and the health of our family and friends.

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