COVID-19: Holiday Guidance

COVID-19: Holiday Guidance

Holiday Guidance

As many residents in DuPage County begin to plan for fall and winter holiday celebrations, the DuPage County Health Department (DCHD) would like to remind residents of the following considerations from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to help protect individuals and their families, friends, and communities from COVID-19. These considerations are meant to supplement, not replace, any local health and safety laws, rules, and regulations with which holiday gatherings must comply. When planning to host a holiday celebration, you should assess current COVID-19 levels in your community to determine whether to postpone, cancel, or limit the number of attendees. 

In general, fall and winter holidays typically include large gatherings of families and friends, crowded parties, and travel that may put people at increased risk for COVID-19. Please review the guidance provided for holiday considerations that will help individuals protect their friends and loved ones.

COVID-19 Risk at Holiday Celebrations 

  • More than 1 million COVID-19 cases were reported in the United States over the last 7 days, as of November 19, 2020.
  • As cases continue to increase rapidly across the United States and in DuPage County, the safest way to celebrate Thanksgiving is to celebrate at home with the people you live with.
  • Gatherings with family and friends who do not live with you can increase the chances of getting or spreading COVID-19.
  1. Hosting a holiday gathering
  2. Attending a holiday gathering
  3. Holiday Travel
  4. During the celebration
  5. After the celebrations

Celebrating virtually or with the people you live with is the safest choice this Thanksgiving.

virtual_gatheringIf you will be hosting a celebration, follow CDC tips for hosting gatherings

Below are some additional considerations for hosting a holiday celebration:

  • Host outdoor activities rather than indoor activities as much as possible. If hosting an outdoor event is not possible, and you choose to host an outdoor event, avoid crowded, poorly ventilated, or fully enclosed indoor spaces. Increase ventilation by opening windows and doors to the extent that is safe and feasible based on the weather.
  • Host activities with only people from your local area as much as possible.
  • Limit numbers of attendees as much as possible.
  • Provide updated information to your guests about any COVID-19 safety guidelines and steps in place to prevent the spread of the virus.
  • Provide or encourage attendees to bring supplies to help you and others stay healthy. For example, extra masks (do not share or swap with others), hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol, and tissues.
  • If you are planning in-person holiday gatherings with people outside of your household, consider asking all guests to strictly avoid contact with people outside of their households for 14 days before the gathering.

People Who Should  Not Attend In-Person Holiday Celebrations

  • People at increased risk for severe illness
    • If you are at increased risk of severe illness from COVID-19, or live or work with someone at increased risk of severe illness, you should   
      • Avoid in-person gatherings with people who do not live in your household.
      • Avoid larger gatherings and consider attending activities that pose lower risk (as described throughout this page) if you decide to attend an in-person gathering with people who do not live in your household.


Additional Resources

Stop the Spread of Germs Opens in new windowStop the Spread of COVID-19 (PDF) 
Spanish (PDF)
Social Distancing GuidelinesSocial Distancing Guidelines (PDF)
Spanish (PDF)
Wearing Reuseable Face MasksWearing Reusable Masks (PDF)
Spanish (PDF), Polish (PDF)

Quarantine vs. Isolation Opens in new window

Quarantine vs. Isolation (PDF),
Spanish (PDF),  Polish (PDF),
Chinese (PDF), Urdu (PDF)