Virginia Department of Health Holiday Guidelines

When making decisions about going to public spaces or attending social events, it’s important to think about the risk of spreading COVID-19. Factors to consider include your own ability to wear a mask, your risk for developing severe COVID-19, and whether you live with someone at higher risk for developing severe illness. Additionally, factors about the risk of spreading COVID-19 at the particular social events should also be considered:
Level of COVID-19 spread in the community
The number of people at the gathering
Location: Outdoor gatherings are safer than indoor gatherings.
Duration: Spending less time with people outside your household is safer.
Behavior of people attending the gathering: If other guests have not been following social distancing, hand and respiratory hygiene, and mask recommendations before the event, there is a greater risk.
Provide masks for guests or ask them to bring their own.
Provide hand sanitizer.
Use single-use hand towels or paper towels for drying hands so guests do not share a towel.
Make sure everyone uses their own cup and dishes and uses utensils to grab shared foods like chips.
Clean and disinfect commonly touched surfaces and any shared items between use when feasible.

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