How can I celebrate the holidays and stay safe from COVID-19?

Family with pregnant mom making holiday cookies

This year of 2020 has been a little weird for everyone. We’ve had to quarantine and stay away from our family and friends in order to avoid getting sick during the worldwide COVID-19 pandemic. Since the holidays are coming up people are starting to wonder – can we celebrate them normally? The answer is: Not quite.

If you are an expecting parent, the upcoming holiday season can cause a little extra stress. Holidays typically involve large gatherings of friends and family, and this year, we urge you to think about them a little differently. Learn more: COVID-19 and pregnancy.

How can I celebrate the holidays safely?

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), “In-person gatherings pose varying levels of risk.” The CDC and the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) recommend you consider all the different factors before you host or attend a holiday gathering.

Stay home if you feel sick.

If you or anyone in your family feel sick, it’s recommended you do not attend a holiday gathering.

Keep gatherings small.

Indoor gatherings are supposed to only include 10 people or fewer. If you are indoors, open windows and doors if possible. If weather allows for outdoor gatherings, up to 25 people can celebrate together.

Celebrate virtually.

While we know this isn’t the preferred way to celebrate the season, technology will be your friend during the holidays. Set up a Zoom, Skype or video call to combine different small gathering so you can all celebrate “together” while keeping a safe distance.

Bring your own food and drinks.

Keep yourself and others safe by bringing your own food and drinks. This way, you won’t risk touching other people’s food or drinks.

Keep a list of who was at the gathering.

The host of the gathering should keep a list of who attended. This will help communicate with everyone in case someone starts to feel sick after the event.

Stay 6 feet away.

Like you always should be, stay 6 feet away from people at the gathering. This will help avoid any illness someone else may have.

Wear your mask.

You can incorporate a mask into any holiday outfit! Choose celebratory colors or a festive print. Wearing a mask will help protect you and your family.