The COVID-19 pandemic will once again be a factor in most people’s holiday plans – so the CDC is sharing updated guidelines on how to celebrate safely this season.

Once again, the agency says holding a ‘virtual’ celebration or video chat is safer than gathering in person.

If you are holding an in-person celebration, outdoor settings are safer than indoor ones – and you should never attend a gathering if you feel sick or have COVID-19 symptoms.

Masks are generally not needed outdoors, except in crowded settings where social distancing is not possible.

If you’re traveling, be sure to follow the CDC guidelines for both domestic and international travel – especially if you or someone in your family is unvaccinated.

The updated guidelines are up now at


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