The Union Democrat


Keep everyone jolly and better protected from COVID-19 infection with a few simple steps:


Make COVID-19 an uninvited guest.

It's okay to set rules! Whether that's having everyone be up to date on their COVID-19 vaccines or getting tested, everyone wants to celebrate safely.

Stay healthy to ensure you can fully enjoy all the celebratio­ns.

Getting your vaccine and updated booster will help protect you and your loved ones so you can make the most of the festivitie­s together. The holidays are a busy time of year and staying healthy ensures you can fully enjoy all the celebratio­ns with family and friends.

Enjoy your festivitie­s in the fresh air.

Consider hosting your guests outdoors, if weather permits. If gathering indoors, open a few windows to keep fresh air circulatin­g.

Test before gathering.

At-home COVID-19 tests provide a sense of security before you gather. Testing positive for COVID-19 means staying home until symptoms have passed.

Consider wearing a mask based on local transmissi­on rates.

COVID-19 case rates and hospitaliz­ations can change quickly. It’s a good idea to know what’s going on in your community and to recognize your own tolerance levels and those of your guests. If you’re hosting a large indoor event, consider placing a basket of masks at the door for your guests if they choose to wear one. Attending a large-scale event? Remember to bring a well-fitting mask to use when you arrive if it makes you feel more comfortabl­e.

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