COVID-19 Information for Members

Celebrate Special Events Safely 

It is important to celebrate special events like birthdays and holidays. It brings families, friends and communities closer together. However, during a pandemic, the safest way to celebrate special events is at home with members of your household. Hosting or going to events with other people is more dangerous, especially for people who are at higher risk for COVID-19. So, if you’re hosting or going to in-person events, plan ahead for safety. 

Here are some celebration safety tips based on guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC). As the CDC says, “These considerations are meant to supplement—not replace—any state, local, territorial, or tribal health and safety laws, rules, and regulations with which holiday gatherings must comply.” 

Planning in-person events 

  • Check your community’s current COVID-19 levels to decide whether to cancel your party or limit the guest list.
  • Indoor events increase the risk of COVID-19 spreading because viral particles can linger in the air. So, hold your event outdoors if possible. If you are indoors, leave windows and doors open to improve ventilation.
  • Limit your guest list to a number that allows everyone to maintain social distance. 
  • Limit the length of your event. The longer the event, the higher the chances of the virus spreading. 
  • Consider only inviting people who live locally. Before inviting people from outside your community, check the COVID-19 level where they live. If the level is high, consider not inviting them.  
  • When you invite people to your event, remind them not to come if they feel sick or have been near someone who has COVID-19. 
  • Wash your hands for at least 20 seconds before preparing or serving food and drinks. Avoid self-serve options like buffets, potlucks and drink stations.
  • During the event, make sure everyone follows safety rules. Tell everyone to wear masks, maintain social distance, not to share food and wash their hands frequently. 
  • Place hand sanitizer bottles on tables for people to use. Have extra masks on-hand. 

Attending local in-person events 

  • Before going to an event with people outside of your household, check your community’s current COVID-19 levels. If they are high, consider not going. 
  • Before the event, ask the host whether it will be indoors or outdoors, how long it will be, how many people are expected, whether people from out-of-town are coming, if masks are required and whether there will be enough room for social distancing. Decide based on their answers whether you feel safe.
  • At events, wear a mask, try to keep at least six feet away from people, avoid touching people or surfaces and wash or sanitize your hands frequently.

Long-distance travel

  • Before you leave, check the COVID-19 case level in the area you plan to visit.
  • Some state, local, territorial, and tribal governments have rules for travelers, such as legally requiring masks. 
  • Don’t travel if you or someone in your party feels sick or has tested positive for COVID-19. If someone in your party has COVID-19, travelling greatly increases your risk of getting infected and spreading the virus to others. 
  • Anyone who has been exposed to someone who has tested positive for COVID-19 should put off travel. 
  • Traveling by plane, bus or train is higher-risk than traveling in a private vehicle with people from your own household.
  • If you travel by vehicle with people outside of your household, make sure everyone wears masks and open the windows.