There are many holidays, events and other celebrations in the fall and winter months. These are an opportunity to connect with friends and family and are important for our mental health and well being. However, many of these events and gatherings include components that have the potential to increase the risk of COVID-19 transmission, including:
- Social gatherings with close contact in indoor settings, including shared meals where masks are removed to eat and drink.
- Larger public events or ceremonies.
- Domestic or international travel.
To protect ourselves, our loved ones and our communities, we must be mindful of the role we all play in reducing the spread of COVID-19. As COVID-19 is highly transmissible in social settings, one infected person could cause many people attending the same gathering to become ill.