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Southern Nevada Health District shares COVID-19 holiday guidelines

Posted at 9:40 PM, Dec 17, 2020
and last updated 2020-12-18 08:01:39-05

LAS VEGAS (KTNV)  — The Southern Nevada Health District shared COVID-19 guidelines if you are planning to have a holiday gathering.

The SNHD recommends celebrating the holidays with just members of your immediate household. However, those who are still planning events with people outside of their homes are strongly encouraged to take steps to lower the risk of infection.

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The guidelines include limiting gatherings to fewer than ten people, ensuring guests are wearing masks and plan seating arrangements with those in the same households sitting together.

These steps include:

  • Ensure all guests wear masks with two layers or more that cover the nose, chin, and fits snugly against the side of the face.
  • Limit the gathering to fewer than 10 people.
  • Plan table arrangements so that people who live in different households are not seated together.
  • Stay at least 6 feet away from people who do not live in the same household.
  • Host the gathering outdoors, if the weather permits.
  • Open windows if hosting an indoor gathering.
  • If sharing food, have one person serve the food, and use single-use options, including plastic utensils.
  • Wash hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. Provide disposable paper towels in bathrooms for guests.
  • Stay home if you are sick or have had contact with someone who is sick. Remember, some people who are asymptomatic or pre-symptomatic may still be able to spread COVID-19 or flu to others.
  • Get a flu shot. Flu shots are recommended for everyone 6 months of age and older. They can help to protect you and your family and friends from spreading the flu.

"It's going to be a very challenging holiday for everyone. With things not looking that good right now with our numbers, it's all the reason for people to follow safety guidelines for protection," said Dr. Michael Johnson, an SNHD community health division director.

Dr. Jeffrey Ng also recommends being upfront with your guests and hosts regarding face coverings or COVID-19 test results. And to not feel bad if having to cancel an appearance.

More information from the CDC can be found online.