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Holiday Guidance


Public health officials recommend that holiday gatherings be limited to your immediate household only. Please celebrate virtually as the CDC has determined that in-person gatherings contribute to the exponential rise in COVID-19 cases. 
With widespread transmission of COVID-19 throughout Illinois, it is safest to keep in-person celebrations to the members of your household.
The CDC has determined that in-person gatherings - even small ones - are contributing to the community spread that states like Illinois are experiencing today. However, the CDC and IDPH have issued guidelines for those who do choose to host in-person holiday celebrations:
  • All gatherings - indoor and outdoor - are limited to 10 or fewer guests.
  • Weather permitting, host your event outdoors. If indoors, open windows to allow fresh air to circulate.
  • Maintain a minimum of 6 feet of distance from others.
  • Consider single-use disposable utensils and dishware for serving and eating meals.
  • Always wear a mask over the nose and mouth except to eat and to drink. If hosting, have masks, disinfectant wipes, hand sanitizers that contain at least 60% alcohol, and tissues on hand.
  • Wash and disinfect guest areas before and after holiday gatherings.
  • Urge guests to be tested for COVID-19 in advance.
  • Do not travel if you are sick with fever, cough, or other symptoms of COVID-19. Do not travel if you have recently tested positive for COVID-19, are waiting for results of a COVID-19 test, or have had close contact in the past 14 days with a person who has tested positive or has symptoms of COVID-19.
IDPH's holiday guidance includes more detailed information about travel, hosting overnight guests, holiday shopping, and more. It is important to be as vigilant and rigorous in following these guidelines as possible, especially if choosing to host an in-person event.