How can I prepare for holiday gatherings?

What is the current guidance for the holidays?

The holiday season will always be a time of celebration, but it can also be a danger to vulnerable individuals, especially when multi-generational gatherings occur. The best thing you can do to protect yourself, your friends, and family during the holidays is to get vaccinated. It is recommended that you stay away from large crowds and poorly ventilated indoor spaces, and that you do not travel and socialize if you feel sick.  


Connecticut has been a national leader in our COVID-19 response efforts. However, as the country heads into winter, flu season, and holiday gatherings, the risk of spreading COVID-19 is greater.


Several factors contribute to the holidays being a high-risk time to spread the virus, including:

  • Being unvaccinated

  • Gathering (indoors or outdoors) with friends and family outside of your local area

  • Participating in larger, longer gatherings

  • Traveling for long periods of time in enclosed spaces like buses or airplanes

For more comprehensive holiday guidance, please see CDC's Safer Ways to Celebrate Holidays.