Pandemic Precautions for Safer Holiday Events

Emergency Management and the Florida Department of Health strongly encourage everyone to continue to take protective measures to reduce the spread of CoViD-19. 

With the holidays approaching, we want to remind everyone that large celebrations with friends and family create the perfect storm for spreading germs.  Close contact with non-household members increases the risk of transmitting respiratory viruses.

When you participate in festivities during the coming weeks, follow these healthy tips from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention:

  • Avoid crowds or socializing in groups larger than 10, especially indoors. (If you have a fever or feel sick at all, stay home.)
  • Even in small groups or outdoors, keep physically separated by six or more feet from others whenever possible – potentially infectious respiratory droplets are much less likely to reach others at this distance.
  • Wear a mask or face-covering over both nose and mouth – cloth masks form a simple barrier to reduce the number of respiratory droplets expelled.
  • Limit the amount of time spent in close contact with non-household members; the risk of spreading germs like the Novel SARS-CoV-2 virus increases with time.
  • Keep surfaces clean and disinfected. Avoid touching common objects or sharing items; take precautions around food and drinks.
  • Wash your hands frequently — especially before eating!
  • Monitor your health. If you develop any signs of CoViD-19 (e.g., fatigue, cough, fever, difficulty breathing, or loss of sense of smell or taste) or feel ill, call your doctor.
  • Take time for self-care and mental health; go for a walk, read a book, or just relax.

Make holiday shopping safer, too.  Shop online sales prior to the holidays and use contactless services for purchased items, like curbside pick-up or delivery to your home.  If you go out shopping:

  • avoid the busiest times of the day or choose outdoor open-air markets,
  • stay at least six feet from others,
  • use hand sanitizer if you touch items others might have touched,
  • wear a cloth face-covering to reduce the spread of respiratory viruses, and
  • wash your hands as soon as you get back home!