Stay safe during the holidays. Celebrate in ways that don’t spread COVID-19. If you want to meet with family indoors and without masks, get vaccinated now.

Gathering safely

Mother, father, and two children dressed in winter coats and scarves throw fall leaves in the air behind text HOLIDAY TIPS ON HOW TO GATHER SAFELY THIS SEASON

As you gather with friends and family, keep COVID-19 in mind. Take steps to prevent its spread.

  • Get vaccinated. It’s the best way to protect others.
  • Keep gatherings small
  • If everyone at an indoor gathering is fully vaccinated, masks are optional
  • If your guests are unvaccinated or you don’t know their status, plan gatherings that are small, short, and outdoors.
  • Wear a mask over your nose and mouth:
    • When social distancing is not possible
    • When you might be around unvaccinated people, especially indoors
    • When around older individuals or people with medical conditions
  • When gathering inside, ventilate well. Open doors and windows, run HVAC systems, and install high-quality air filters.
  • Check local conditions. Your county may have stricter guidance than the state. Take extra precautions when local levels of virus transmission are high.
  • Activate CA Notify and ask your guests to do the same. CA Notify anonymously notifies individuals of a possible exposure.
  • Get tested if you have COVID-19 symptoms
  • Stay home if you are sick

Learn more at CDPH’s Holiday Gatherings & Travel page.