During the celebration

Follow these tips to reduce your risk of being exposed to, getting, or spreading COVID-19 during the celebration:

  • Social distance and limit close contact
    • Limit your gathering to 10 people/two households. Maintain a distance of at least 6 feet or more from people you don’t live with. Be particularly mindful in areas where it may be harder to keep this distance, such as restrooms and eating areas.
    • Avoid using restroom facilities at high traffic times, such as at the end of a public event.
    • Avoid busy eating areas, such as restaurants during high volume mealtimes, if you plan to eat out at a restaurant.
    • Minimize gestures that promote close contact. For example, do not shake hands, elbow bump, or give hugs. Instead wave and verbally greet others.
  • Wear masks
    • Wear a mask at all times when around people who don’t live in your household to reduce the risk of spreading the virus.
    • Avoid singing, chanting, or shouting, especially when not wearing a mask and within 6 feet of others.
  • Wash hands
    • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after you have been in a public place, or after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing. If soap and water are not readily available, use a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol. Cover all surfaces of your hands and rub them together until they feel dry.
  • Keep safe around food and drinks
    • Currently, there is no evidence to suggest that handling food or eating is associated with directly spreading COVID-19. It is possible that a person can get COVID-19 by touching a surface or object, including food, food packaging, or utensils that have the virus on it, and then touching their own mouth, nose, or possibly their eyes. However, this is not thought to be the main way that the virus is spread. Remember, it is always important to follow good hygiene to reduce the risk of illness from common foodborne germs.
    • Make sure everyone washes their hands with soap and water for 20 seconds before and after preparing, serving, and eating food. Use hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol if soap and water are not available.
    • Instead of potluck-style gatherings, encourage guests to bring food and drinks for themselves and for members of their own household only.
    • Limit people going in and out of the areas where food is being prepared or handled, such as in the kitchen or around the grill, if possible.
    • Wear a mask while preparing or serving food to others who don’t live in your household.
    • If serving any food, consider having one person serve all the food so that multiple people are not handling the serving utensils.
    • Use single-use options or identify one person to serve shareable items, like salad dressings, food containers, plates and utensils, and condiments.
    • If you choose to use any items that are reusable (e.g., seating covers, tablecloths, linen napkins), wash and disinfect them after the event.