HOLIDAY GUIDANCE FROM THE DOH:
November 16, 2021
Although the availability and use of effective vaccines promises a return toward normalcy for this year’s holiday season,
it’s still important to continue taking steps to lessen the risk to you, your family, and your friends. Be sure to follow the
guidelines below and share them with others in your family, community, and place of work.
• Get vaccinated against the flu and COVID-19. If eligible, get your COVID-19 booster.
• Everyone 2 years and older who is not fully vaccinated should wear a mask when in indoor public places. You may
also want to wear a mask indoors, even if vaccinated, in higher risk settings, including crowds, where the vaccination
status of others is not known, and if you are at increased risk of severe disease. Consider wearing a mask to protect
others around you who are at high risk of severe disease.
• Celebrate outside when possible or in well-ventilated areas.
• If you have any COVID-19 symptoms, stay home and do not host or attend gatherings.
• Get tested if you have COVID-19 symptoms or are a close contact of someone with COVID-19.
• Delay travel until fully vaccinated.
• If traveling over the holiday season, be sure to visit the new NJDOH Traveler’s Health page for travel-related
guidance! Remember that masks are required on all modes of public transportation and in transportation hubs.
• Please see the website for PDF versions of the holiday guideline
When we work together to protect our health as well as the health of others, we can enjoy safer times.
GENERAL INFORMATION ON COVID-19
IF YOU OR YOUR CHILD ARE SICK: The CDC is recommending that if you or your child are ill, contact your health care provider to obtain guidance on visiting a physician’s office. Here is a link from Johns Hopkins Medical Center for more information regarding what to do if you or your family member is ill.
STAY INFORMED: Information about COVID19 should be obtained from these reputable sources: The Centers for Disease Control (CDC), the National Institutes of Health (NIH), John Hopkins and the World Health Organization (WHO).
HEALTHY INDIVIDUALS MAKE A HEALTHY COMMUNITY: By keeping yourself healthy and practicing “social distancing” you are keeping your entire community healthy! Below are recommendations from the CDC to keep yourself and others healthy. Additional information can be found at the NJ Department of Health.
GENERAL HEALTHY HABITS TO PREVENT ILLNESS:
Washing your hands with soap and water
Using hand sanitizer when soap is not available
Do not touch your face, especially your eyes, nose or mouth
Practicing Social Distancing (staying at least 6 feet away from others)
Adults and Children over 2 years of age should wear a mask when in public and unable to maintain social distancing.
Eating Nutritious Foods
Getting Adequate Rest
RESOURCES FOR PARENTS:
Coping with Stress During Infectious Disease Outbreaks
How to Talk to your children about COVID-19