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MDHHS issues COVID-19 safety guidelines for holiday travel and gatherings

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Posted at 9:28 PM, Oct 21, 2020
and last updated 2020-10-21 21:28:25-04

The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services issued guidance Wednesday for traveling safely during the holidays.

“Even though the way we celebrate may have to be different, the guidance issued today shows there are still many ways to spend quality time with family and friends safely during this festive season,” said Dr. Joneigh Khaldun, chief medical executive and chief deputy for health.

Those traveling for the holidays should follow usual COVID-19 precautions, such as wearing a mask, avoiding close contact, avoiding touching their face and washing their hands.

The new guidance urges Michiganders to host virtual festivities instead of in-person gatherings if there is a risk of community spread.

In-person gatherings should be held outdoors if possible.

Indoor gatherings should avoid crowded, poorly ventilated or fully enclosed indoor spaces and should be limited to 10 people or less.

Attendees of indoor and outdoor gatherings should also:

  • Social distance
  • Wear cloth masks
  • Wash hands frequently with soap and water for at least 20 seconds
  • Keep safe around food and drinks, including following good hygiene and limiting the amount of people in areas where food is prepared
  • Bring food and drinks for themselves and members of their household; avoid potluck gatherings
  • Have one person serve all shareable food and consider using single-use items for condiments, plates and utensils

Read the full guidance here.