How to stay safe during the holidays


Emma Sy, Staff Writer

This holiday season is the time to be with family and friends, but precautions must be created to contain the virus.  The best way to stay safe during the holidays is to hold virtual events.  But to err on the side of caution, here is how you can stay safe during this holiday season. 

Firstly, limit the number of people at gatherings and make sure everyone is socially distanced while wearing a mask.  Small gatherings for the holidays are best done outside to prevent the spread of COVID-19, and people should avoid making contact with their eyes, nose, and mouth.  If gatherings happen inside, open windows or doors to get air flowing.

“Our family had a small gathering outside for Thanksgiving with a few of our close friends that we see a few times a week.  We were socially distanced, and masks were kept on while we weren’t eating.  That’s the minimum that we and everybody should be doing,” said junior Marissa Cichon. 

 Furthermore, limit the amount of time spent in one area.  Gatherings should not last more than two hours because the longer people are gathered in one area, the more time there is for the virus to spread.  Food should be served in single-serving disposable containers and eaten with disposable cutlery, plates, and bowls. 

“We are having a small gathering for the holidays with close family, and each person will be DoorDashing food for themselves so no one will be touching each other’s food,” said junior Olivia Platt.

Lastly, avoid traveling.  With schools and jobs back in session, the number of COVID-19 cases are increasing rapidly.  Traveling outside of your town can increase the chance of infection and spread.  However, if you do travel and interact with many people, it is important to self-quarantine for at least 14 days before returning home.  Be sure to socially distance, wash your hands constantly, avoid contact with your face mask, and avoid people that seem sick.

“I think traveling is something that people should try to limit because after the holidays everyone is back in school, and it’s best for everyone to have as limited contact with people who don’t live in our area to try and prevent the spread,” said junior Kiera Darnell.

Wearing a mask and social distancing are the most important steps, but taking these extra precautions can help contain the virus.