The Loudoun County Health Department encourages residents to plan their holiday celebrations and travel carefully to lower the risk of getting and spreading the virus that causes COVID-19. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) advises that staying home is the best way to protect yourself and others. Those who choose to gather and travel over the holiday season should avoid high-risk activities.
“It is important that Loudoun residents consider the impact of the coronavirus on our festivities this year,” said Loudoun County Health Director Dr. David Goodfriend. “The potential for the virus to spread through traditional holiday activities is high and so I urge caution to keep your families safe over Thanksgiving and throughout this holiday season.”
Celebrating virtually or with members within your household poses the lowest risk for spread of COVID-19. While transmission of COVID-19 continues, the CDC recommends that families participate in these lower-risk activities that can be enjoyed with family and friends at a safe distance:
Moderate- and Higher-Risk Activities
To help prevent the spread of COVID-19, the Health Department does not recommend participating in moderate- and higher-risk activities, which include:
Learn more about how to safely host holiday gatherings and to safely participate in personal and social activities during the pandemic by visiting the CDC’s website.
If You Travel
Traveling during this holiday season increases your chances of getting and spreading COVID-19. Many jurisdictions also have imposed local restrictions on visitors that may impact your travel plans. If you choose to travel during the holiday season, the CDC strongly encourages the following precautions:
Learn more about traveling safety during the pandemic by visiting the CDC’s website.
“There are a number of factors that increase the risk of getting infected and spreading the virus to others,” said Dr. Goodfriend. “These include the level of COVID-19 transmission in a community and whether events are indoors in places with poor ventilation for a longer durations of time, and the number of people gathering; considering these impacts in your holiday planning will help reduce your risk.”
Everyday Safety Precautions
As you plan your celebrations this holiday season, remember that each of us has a role to play in slowing the spread of COVID-19. Keep in mind the simple steps that everyone should take every day to help keep yourself, your family and your community safe. These steps include:
Get detailed guidance for having a safe holiday season this year by visiting the CDC’s website.
Loudoun County encourages residents to stay informed about the impact COVID-19 has on our community.
Residents with questions about COVID-19 may call the Loudoun County Health Department’s information line, 703-737-8300, or send an email.
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