Holidays are often when family, friends, and neighbors come together to celebrate with each other. This year we ask you to consider alternative ways of celebrating. Travel and in-person gatherings with people who do not live in your household increase your chance of getting and spreading the virus that causes COVID-19. In order to keep your friends and family safe, consider the following guidance for your celebrations. Staying home and celebrating with those in your household is the best way to protect yourself and others.
Wisconsin Department of Health Services (DHS) provides travel tips and suggestions for alternative celebrations on their website. You can also view this DHS document for ideas to keep your friends and family safe this holiday season.
The Public Health Officers of the Northeast Region issued a Public Health COVID-19 Alert to urge residents to follow best public health practices this holiday season. The alert also provides information about the critically high level of COVID-19 activity in our area.
Events to avoid
- Large gatherings with people from outside your household.
- Bars, especially indoor spaces.
- Indoor dining at restaurants.
- Crowded parades or race events.
- Shopping in crowded stores.
Ideas to celebrate more safely
- Share a meal with only the people who live in your household.
- Prepare meals and treats in a way that doesn't involve contact, this can be a great way to safely share the holidays with family, friends, and neighbors, especially those at higher risk of severe illness from COVID-19.
- Have a virtual dinner with friends and family. Consider virtually connecting while you cook, while you eat, or both.
- Shop online rather than in person.
- Watch sports events, parades, and movies from home.