Holidays and COVID-19

 

Guidance for Thanksgiving and Winter Holidays

 

Thanksgiving

To minimize the spread of COVID-19 and keep families safe during Thanksgiving, the County of San Diego offers guidance for common activities:

Recommended

  • Remote events with family and friends, such as a virtual Thanksgiving dinner, sharing recipes, a virtual turkey trot, or online game.
  • Televised or live streaming events at home with members of your own household.
  • Outdoor orchards, food markets, and seasonal craft fairs where state guidance is followed and people use hand sanitizer, wear face coverings, and maintain a 6-foot distance from others.
  • Get your flu vaccine to protect yourself and minimize complications from the flu or COVID-19 viruses.

Not Recommended

  • According to Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) travel considerations, traveling increases the chance of getting and spreading COVID-19. Staying home is the best way to protect yourself and others.
  • In-person sports events, parades, and movies where more than 3 households are present.
  • In-person Black Friday or other shopping events where there may be large gatherings of people.

Not Allowed

  • Under California Department of Public Health guidance, in-person events or parties with more than 3 households are not permitted, even if outdoors. Remember, smaller and shorter gatherings are safer.
  • Carnivals, festivals, and live entertainment are not allowed because close interactions increase the risk of infection.
  • In-person turkey trots or similar events are not allowed because participants need to walk or run close together, and it is difficult to maintain physical distancing.

Safer Alternatives

Many traditional Thanksgiving activities can be high-risk for spreading viruses. There are safer, alternative ways to celebrate and include the following:

  • Consider virtual connections through video calls or video-sharing, such as sending a pre-made Thanksgiving dinner or ingredients through online food delivery services and eat together virtually.
  • Shop online rather than in person for Black Friday deals. 
  • Donate food to charities at drive-through mobile pantries, or through an online food bank fundraiser.
  • Celebrate Green Friday by visiting a local park or preserve for family-friendly activities.
  • Visit pick-your-own produce farms that follow California Department of Food and Agriculture guidelines.

 

Winter holidays

To minimize the spread of COVID-19 and keep families safe during the winter holidays, the County of San Diego offers guidance for common activities:

Recommended

  • Shopping online for holiday gifts or gift cards, and online activities.
  • Drive-through events or reverse parades where the participants do not leave their car.
  • Send a pre-made dinner or ingredients through online food delivery services and eat together virtually.
  • Charity meal activities and donate food to drive-through pantries, local food drives, or online food bank fundraisers.
  • Holiday- or winter-themed movie nights and home decorating with your household.
  • Get a flu shot to protect yourself and minimize complications from the flu or COVID-19 viruses.

Not Recommended

  • According to Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) travel considerations, traveling increases the chance of getting and spreading COVID-19. Staying home is the best way to protect yourself and others.
  • In-person, indoor celebratory activities, singing, or vocal performances are not recommended because of the difficulty in maintaining 6 feet of distance and these activities increase the risk of transmitting COVID-19.

Not Allowed

  • Under California Department of Public Health guidance, in-person events or parties with more than 3 households are not permitted, even if they are conducted outdoors. Remember, smaller and shorter gatherings are safer.
  • Carnivals, festivals, and live entertainment are not allowed because close interactions increase the risk of infection.
  • Ice skating rinks are not allowed as they host many guests from different households where it is difficult to maintain physical distance of at least 6 feet.

Safer Alternatives

Many winter holiday activities can be high-risk for spreading viruses. There are safer, alternative ways to celebrate and include the following:

  • Remote games and activities to replace traditional in-person entertainment.
  • Driving with members of your household in your car to view holiday lights and decorations.
  • Participate in a winter- or holiday-themed virtual run, hike, or bike ride.
  • A boat parade following state guidance and the Safe Reopening Protocol for recreational boating.
  • Visit Santa, or other holiday figures, at locations that offer a touchless experience only.
  • Gift exchanges between 3 households or less, where participants can follow personal protection measures prior to giving and accepting gifts, while observing the state’s private gathering guidance.
     

Steps to stay safe

However you celebrate, please continue to follow the County of San Diego Public Health Order, California Department of Public Health Guidance, CDPH Holiday Guidance and the CDC guidelines for Thanksgiving and other holidays. To stay safe during the entire holiday season, please remember to:

  • Wash or sanitize your hands often, and clean frequently touched items regularly.
  • Avoid close contact – stay at least 6 feet away from people who are not part of your household.
  • Avoid indoor spaces that don’t allow for easy distancing of at least 6 feet between you and others and follow state guidance for private outdoor gatherings of up to 3 households.
  • Correctly wear an appropriate face covering over your mouth and nose when outside your home and around others who are not part of your household.
  • Stay home and away from others if you are sick, have a symptom of COVID-19, or have been in contact with someone who is sick with or has symptoms of COVID-19.
  • Follow directions if you are advised to isolate or quarantine