COVID-19 Prevention and Protection
Spring Gathering Guidelines
The actions that have kept us safe and healthy over the past year will continue to protect us now. If you gather with friends, family, or community, keep the following guidelines in mind:
- Outdoor gatherings are safer than indoor gatherings.
- Online gatherings are always safest, especially for people at high risk of severe illness.
- Keep 6 feet of distance from people who don’t live with you.
- Wear a mask over your nose and mouth when in public, especially indoors.
- Wash your hands frequently, or use hand sanitizer if soap and water are not available.
It’s best to continue to avoid large gatherings or crowds, especially indoors, until the risk of COVID-19 transmission is lower. Check the state’s guidance by sector for additional recommendations for events and gatherings.
- Wear two or more layers of washable, breathable fabric for your cloth mask in public.
- Cough or sneeze into your sleeve, or if you use a tissue then discard the tissue and promptly wash your hands.
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
- Stay home while you are sick and avoid close contact with others.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
- Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
- If soap and water are not readily available and hands are not visibly soiled, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol if hands are not visibly soiled.
- Take extra precautions if you plan to attend or host a small gathering of fewer than 10 people to stay safe.
Isolation and Quarantine
To stop transmission, follow isolation and quarantine guidance if you test positive for COVID-19 or develop symptoms.
If you or someone in your home has tested positive, has symptoms, or may have been exposed to someone with COVID-19, follow the Home Care Advice for COVID-19 to help protect yourself and the people around you.
Emotional health is as important as physical health. Here are some positive steps you can take to support yours and your loved ones’ emotional health:
- Choose activities that relax you, such as breathing deeply; listening to music; enjoying sports, hobbies, or reading
- Move your body/exercise, eat healthy, and get enough sleep
- Check-in with your friends, co-workers, and family
- Take breaks from the news and social media.
- Develop a COVID-19 emergency kit so that you will have the supplies you need if you or a loved one gets ill.
- Contact the free and confidential Disaster Distress Hotline 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. at 1-800-985-5990, press 2 or text: "TalkWithUs" to 66746; En Español: "Hablanos" to 66746
High Risk Individuals
Older adults (over age 60) and people who have underlying medical conditions, like heart or lung disease or diabetes, are at higher risk for developing more serious complications from COVID-19 illness. Individuals at high risk should:
- Consider avoiding crowds, avoiding non-essential air travel, limiting close contact when out in public, and washing hands often.
- Consult with their health care provider about additional steps they should take.
- Review CDC information about: