Many traditional activities, such as Halloween or Día de los Muertos, can put you at higher risk for exposure to COVID-19. There are several safer, alternative ways to celebrate. The most important rule is that if you may have COVID-19 or you may have been exposed to someone with COVID-19, you should not participate in any in-person festivities. The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) created guidelines for holiday activities including Halloween, Thanksgiving and other holiday gatherings. For Día de los Muertos, low-risk alternatives include preparing traditional family recipes for family and neighbors and delivering them in a way that does not involve contact with others, playing music in your home that your deceased loved ones enjoyed, making and decorating masks, making an altar for the deceased, setting out pillows and blankets in your home for the deceased, and joining virtual get-together celebrations. Moderate risk activities include having a small, outdoor, open-air parade and visiting and decorating graves of loved ones with household members only; for both activities, make sure to stay 6 feet away from others. Due to COVID-19, avoid attending large, crowded indoor celebrations or events.


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