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Health Officials from 10 Bay Area Counties Issue Recommendations for Safer Holidays and Travel

November 10, 2020

Health Officers from the Counties of Alameda, Contra Costa, Marin, Monterey, Napa, San Mateo, San Francisco, Santa Clara, Santa Cruz, and Sonoma, and the city of Berkeley today issued joint recommendations for staying safe during the holidays. The recommendations cover gatherings and travel, with recommended steps to reduce risk.

Public urged to protect yourself and others from COVID-19.

"With COVID-19 case rates rising around the country, we must keep up our efforts to reduce transmission,” said Dr. Edward Moreno, Monterey County Health Officer. “When people who live in different houses or apartments gather at the same time and the same space, the risk of COVID-19 spreading goes up, even if the people are relatives or friends. Please celebrate safely this year and protect yourself, family and friends by using face coverings, keeping a distance, and gathering outdoors."

The joint recommendations advise the public that if you gather in person, keep it small, short, stable and outdoors.

Also, nonessential travel, including holiday travel, is not recommended. Travel outside the  Central Coast and Bay Area will increase your chance of getting infected and spreading the virus to others after your return.

For those who are traveling, there are tips to help avoid catching COVID-19 or spreading it to fellow travelers. If you travel outside the Central Coast and Bay Area, it is strongly recommended that you self-quarantine for 14 days after your return if your activities while travelling put you at higher risk of getting COVID-19.


The safest way to celebrate this holiday season is virtually or with members of your household. Gathering with people outside your household – even extended family – increases the risk of getting and spreading COVID-19. There are many ways to enjoy the holidays with loved ones without gathering:

  • Enjoy holiday traditions at home with your household.
  • Decorate your home and/or yard.
  • Share a virtual meal with family and friends.
  • Host online parties and/or contests.
  • Prepare meals using traditional recipes and deliver to family and neighbor.
  • Attend holiday movie nights at drive-in venues.
  • Visit holiday-themed outdoor art installations.
  • Participate in drive-by events where everyone stays in their vehicles.

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