MDHHS provides COVID-19 guidance for holiday travel and gatherings

MDHHS supplies COVID-19 steerage for vacation journey and gatherings

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LANSING, Mich. (WLUC) – The vacation season might be completely different for Michiganders this 12 months as a result of COVID-19 pandemic. To make sure households don’t miss out on being collectively throughout the holidays, the Michigan Division of Well being and Human Providers (MDHHS) has issued steerage on tips on how to journey and collect safely throughout the holidays.

“Celebrating the vacation season with household and associates is certainly one of our most cherished traditions,” stated Dr. Joneigh Khaldun, chief medical government and chief deputy for well being. “Although the best way we have a good time might must be completely different, the steerage issued right now reveals there are nonetheless some ways to spend high quality time with household and associates safely throughout this festive season.”

Touring and in-person gatherings improve the probabilities of getting and spreading COVID-19. Staying house is the easiest way to guard your self and others. Nevertheless, in the event you determine to journey for the vacations, observe these security measures to guard your self and others from COVID-19:

  • Put on a masks and preserve your nostril and mouth lined when in public locations.
  • Keep away from shut contact by staying at the least 6 toes other than anybody who shouldn’t be out of your family.
  • Wash your fingers typically with cleaning soap and water for at the least 20 seconds or use hand sanitizer (with at the least 60% alcohol).
  • Keep away from contact with anybody who’s sick.
  • Keep away from touching your eyes, nostril and mouth.

Along with the MDHHS steerage, the Facilities for Illness Management and Prevention has the next assets to assist decide in the event you ought to journey throughout the holidays:

People who ought to keep away from attending or internet hosting in-person vacation celebrations with individuals who don’t stay of their family, embrace those that:

  • Have been identified with COVID-19 and haven’t met the standards for when it’s secure to be round others.
  • Have signs of COVID-19 or are ready for COVID-19 viral check outcomes.
  • Might have been uncovered to somebody with COVID-19 within the final 14 days.
  • Are at elevated threat for extreme sickness from COVID-19, or stay or work with somebody at elevated threat of extreme sickness.

The brand new steerage additionally urges Michiganders to contemplate internet hosting digital festivities as a substitute of in-person vacation gatherings if there’s a threat of group unfold primarily based on the chance recognized within the MI Secure Begin map. If an in-person gathering is hosted, it needs to be held open air if doable. Indoor festivities ought to keep away from crowded, poorly ventilated or totally enclosed indoor areas, and needs to be restricted to 10 individuals or much less per MDHHS Oct. 9 Emergency Epidemic Order. As well as, attendees of indoor or out of doors festivities ought to:

  • Social distance.
  • Put on material masks.
  • Wash fingers often with cleaning soap and water for at the least 20 seconds.
  • Maintain secure round meals drinks, together with following good hygiene and limiting the quantity of individuals in areas the place meals is ready.
  • Convey meals and drinks for themselves and members of their family. Keep away from potluck gatherings.
  • Have one individual serve all shareable meals and think about using single-use gadgets for condiments, plates and utensils.

Learn the total “Celebrating the Holidays Throughout COVID-19” steerage for extra tricks to contemplate earlier than, throughout and after a gathering to remain secure this vacation season.

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