Keeping Your Family Safe During the Holidays: Health and Safety

Keeping Your Family Safe During the Holidays: Health and Safety


Normally, the most important things to worry about around the holidays is who is bringing the cranberry sauce for the family dinner. This year, however, things are a little different.

In the midst of a global pandemic, gathering the entire family under one roof might not be as simple as it would normally be. If your family is planning a holiday gathering, it’s important that you agree on safety precautions before guests start arriving.

Many health authorities have recommended that holiday gatherings be kept to small numbers in the interest of reducing any given group’s exposure to potential viral vectors.

Essentially, this means that the fewer people you have at your gathering, the less likely it is that you or your children get sick. This is especially true if your children are enrolled in a school that is still having in-person classes.

Here are some quick safety tips for families going into the holiday and how to stay healthy through this unusual time.

Best Practices

Generally speaking, the best practices with gatherings at this point in time will involve following CDC guidelines about being around people who don’t live in your home. If you’re having guests over, make sure you have them wear masks and maintain a six-foot distance from others.

This might sound tough, but it’s important to keep you and your family safe. If you don’t think you’ll be able to set up a scenario that allows for everyone to maintain this distance or keep their masks on, consider canceling in-person plans.

For families that rent out spaces to meet in, this is easier to accomplish. Preferably, you want to seat people at tables six feet apart so they can eat with the family they live with and not inadvertently infect other family members. If this isn’t doable, consider meeting for a gathering but not involving food. This way, everyone can keep their mask on and visit with family without needing to worry about seating arrangements.

Other Options

If your family can’t agree on a set of safety guidelines, you can consider having a digital gathering. This allows everyone to meet safely in a virtual space, and keeps you from having to worry about things like your children wanting to hug and play with their family members.

You can even schedule a meal time and coordinate the meal with family so that you share a meal, albeit virtually. Whatever you choose to do, just make sure you keep yourself and your family safe!