On Tuesday, the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) released guidance and recommendations from medical experts on how Illinois families can come together to celebrate the holidays while reducing the risk of spreading COVID-19.
IDPH Director Dr. Ngozi Ezike says that while the safest way to celebrate is with members of your own household or connecting virtually, the department wanted to provide some tips on "how to celebrate safer" for those who wish to come together.
According to IDPH, when traveling, the selected mode of transportation should be considered.
"Traveling by plane, train, or bus can mean standing in lines and sitting less than 6 feet from people for long periods of time," IDPH's guidance reads. "Traveling by car may include stops along the way for gas, food, and bathroom break. Decrease your risk by consistently wearing face coverings during travel."
For those hosting a holiday gather, IDPH suggests limiting the number of guests in attendance, as well as having as many activities outside as possible, weather permitting.
In the case of planned meals, IDPH says to "think about the seating arrangements," and advises that hosts keep members of the same household together while keeping space between one family and another.
"When confronted with decisions about the upcoming holiday season, many people who have erred on the side of caution up to now might face new temptation to let their guard down. But let me be blunt," said Illinois Governor JB Pritzker. "This virus isn't taking a holiday."
You can view the full document on holiday season safety tips released by IDPH on Wednesday below.