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For Immediate Release
Tuesday, December 21, 2021 | 4:00 p.m. | Windsor and Essex County

Spread goodwill and cheer this holiday season, not COVID-19.

The holiday season is upon us and this year it remains essential to celebrate safely by following public health measures to prevent the spread of COVID-19 cases in our community.

Follow these recommendations to keep safe this holiday season:

  • Host a virtual holiday party – Celebrate with friends and family near and far if you cannot or choose not to celebrate in person. Virtual gatherings are the safest way to celebrate.
  • If you plan to host or attend gatherings, plan for smaller groups and limit the number of gatherings you host or attend – Do not exceed the indoor gathering limit of 10 people and reduce the number of people you are in close contact with.
  • Get vaccinated – Get your first, second, or third dose as soon as possible.
  • Assess your risk – Individuals that are at high-risk for more severe outcomes associated with COVID-19, such as older adults, and those with medical conditions should limit contacts and only engage in low-risk activities during the holidays.
  • Make sure everyone completes a self-assessment for COVID-19 symptomsDo not join in-person celebrations if you are not feeling well. It is OK to decline an invitation if you have any symptoms, and to ask your guests to stay home if they have any symptoms.
  • Ask about vaccination status – Limit your gathering to only those who are fully vaccinated.
  • Physical distancing and masking – If you are gathering with individuals from multiple households who are unvaccinated, partially vaccinated, or their vaccination status is unknown, you should physically distance and wear a face covering.
  • Wash hands often and use alcohol-based hand sanitizer – Maintain good hand hygiene, especially when handling food or beverages.
  • Serve plated meals – Plan to serve guests plated meals and avoid buffet-style dining with shared utensils.

While protecting our community from COVID-19 is extremely important, we must not forget about our mental health.  The holidays are a time for celebration but can also be a stressful experience for many people for a variety of reasons. Consider taking a social media break, picking up a book, or watching a movie to give your mind a break from social scrolling and the news cycle. Prioritize time for rest and relaxation. This includes getting enough sleep and making time in your schedule to be physically active. Spend evenings enjoying time with those in your household. Decorate your home, watch movies, make hot chocolate, celebrate old traditions and create new ones.
Remember that help is available. Reach out if you feel like you need some extra support now or at any time of the year.
For more information about events and gatherings, visit the Windsor-Essex County Health Unit website.

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