“With the increase in cases, we must continue to maintain our vigilance against COVID-19 and celebrate safely and responsibly to ensure healthy holidays,” said Dr. Ed Lifshitz, medical director of the state Department of Health’s Communicable Disease Service. The New Jersey Department of Health offers the following recommendations:
If possible, limit indoor gatherings to individuals that reside within the immediate household for all seasonal holiday celebrations. People should also consider live streaming celebrations/events so they may be viewed safely by others.
Do not host or attend gatherings with anyone who has COVID-19 or anyone who has been exposed to someone with COVID-19 in the last 14 days. This includes people who are awaiting test results.
Avoid buffets and self-serve drink stations and use no-touch trash cans if possible. Avoid buffets and self-serve drink stations and use no-touch trash cans if possible. Utilize single-use serving ware, including cups, plates and utensils.
Hosts should have disinfecting wipes in the bathroom for guests to wipe down toilet handles, faucet knobs/handles and doorknobs.
It is strongly recommended alternatives to visiting Santa at indoor locations including malls. In-person visits with Santa should be a “touchless” experience — everyone should practice social distancing and must wear cloth or disposable masks at all times.
Children should not be permitted to sit on Santa’s lap at any time and Santa may be stationed in a chair behind a plexiglass shield in an open area to allow for good air flow.
Because it is a high-risk activity, singing poses an increased risk for transmission of the COVID-19 virus, so it is recommended that people consider virtual singing events whenever possible. Performances must adhere to the latest limits on indoor and outdoor gatherings, and singing groups must be socially distanced from each other and from their audience during each performance.
Airports, bus stations, train stations, public transportation and rest stops are all places where travelers can be exposed to COVID-19 so it is recommended that non-essential travel be limited this holiday season. Instead of traveling, connect with family and friends via video conferencing technology, such as FaceTime, Zoom, Skype, or Google Meetings.
Because it is a high-risk activity, singing poses an increased risk for transmission of the COVID-19 virus, so it is recommended that people consider virtual singing events whenever possible.