Know the risk: Common winter activities and COVID-19

Always keep in mind the number of people present, the space you're in, and make sure you wear a mask in all activities when not with members of your household.

Keep in mind that to make activities safe and low risk, you should:

  • Wear a mask when with others outside of your household
  • Always keep a distance of at least six feet from others
  • Wash your hands often

Celebrations

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Low risk

Gathering with members of your household or attending virtual celebrations

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Medium risk

Attending a small outdoor gathering with people outside your household

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High risk

Attending an indoor gathering with people outside your household

Shopping

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Low risk

Shop online for holiday gifts

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Medium risk

Shop in stores during less crowded days or times

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High risk

Shop in crowded stores

Gift giving

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Low risk
  • Exchange gifts with members of your household
  • Send gifts through the mail
  • Using contact-free drop off to give a gift
  • Making donations virtually
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Medium risk

Small outdoor gathering to exchange gifts with people outside your household

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High risk

Exchanging gifts indoors with people outside your household

Travel

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Low risk

Stay home

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Medium risk

Take a short car trip with limited stops

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High risk
  • Travel by plane
  • Go on a cruise

Other activities

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Low risk
  • Taking a nature walk
  • Sledding
  • Having a snowball fight with members of your household
  • Decorating your home
  • Writing letters to Santa
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Medium risk
  • Ice skating or skiing during less crowded days or times
  • Socially distant bonfires
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High risk
  • Caroling
  • Visiting Santa Claus in person
  • Attending an indoor sporting event
Last reviewed: 
December 2020

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