As COVID-19 cases continue to rise, traveling during the holidays may increase your chance of getting and spreading COVID-19. The CDC continues to recommend postponing travel and staying home, as this is the best way to protect yourself and others this year.

If you are considering traveling for the winter holidays, here are some important things you can do to make winter holiday celebrations safer.

  • Wear a mask with two or more layers to protect 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 in case your mask becomes wet from moisture.

Stay as least 6 feet away from others who do not live with you.

  • Indoors or outdoors, you are more likely to get or spread COVID-19 when you are in close contact with others for a total of 15 minutes or more over a 24-hour period.
  • Remember that people without symptoms or with a recent negative test result can still spread COVID-19 to others.


Avoid crowded, poorly ventilated indoor spaces.

  • As much as possible, avoid crowds and indoor spaces that do not offer fresh air from the outdoors. If indoors, bring in fresh air by opening windows and doors, if possible.

Wash your hands.

  • Wash hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.  Especially after you have been in a public place, blown your nose, coughed, sneezed or before eating.
  • Make sure to dry your hands completely using a clean towel or by air drying.
  • If soap and water are not readily available, use a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60 % alcohol.
  • Avoid touching your mask, eyes, nose and mouth.