According to the CDC, the safest way to celebrate the new year is to celebrate at home with the people who live with you or virtually with friends and family. Staying home is the best way to protect yourself and others against spreading COVID-19.
Outside the normal tips like having a designated driver, limiting your alcohol intake, you also need to consider extra precautions due to the current pandemic. If you are celebrating the New Year with people outside your household, make sure you follow steps to prevent the spread of COVID-19.
Wear a mask
- Wear a mask with two or more layers to stop the spread of COVID-19 from protecting others and yourself
- Wear your mask over your nose and mouth, secure it under your chin, and make sure it fits snugly against the sides of your face
- Wear a mask indoors and outdoors
- In cold weather, wear your mask under your scarf, ski mask, or balaclava.
- Keep a spare mask if your mask becomes wet from the moisture in your breath or from snow or rain.
Avoid crowds and poorly ventilated indoor spaces.
- The more people you are in contact with, the more likely you will be exposed to COVID-19
- Avoid gatherings and celebrations with many people who make staying 6 feet apart from those who don’t live with you difficult.
- Avoid indoor spaces as much as possible, especially ones that aren’t well ventilated.
- If indoors, open windows and doors. Use a window fan to blow air out, which will pull in fresh air through the open windows.
If you host a celebration
- Talk with guests ahead of time to set expectations for celebrating together.
- Limit the number of guests
- Keep celebrations outdoors, if possible.
- If indoors, open windows and doors. Use a window fan to blow air out, which will pull fresh air through the open windows.
- Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces and items between use
- Have guests bring their own food, drinks, plates, cups, and utensils
- Have extra unused masks available for your guests and encourage everyone to wear them inside and outside
- Keep background music volume low, so guests don’t need to shout.
- It’s okay if you decide to postpone or cancel your gathering.
Consider Other Activities to Celebrate New Year’s
- Have virtual celebrations with loved ones
- Attend a virtual concert or performance
- Plan a virtual countdown to midnight with friends
- Enjoy a virtual dinner or dessert with friends and family.
This year, consider staying at home so we can all celebrate together in 2021! For more information, visit www.cdc.gov.