Guidance for Holiday Safety 2021
Health and safety protocols for November-December holiday activities in the City of St. Louis.
The holidays are a time for us to celebrate the things that we care about. While some are major U.S. holidays, others are celebrated in our diverse communities and are important expressions of culture, faith, and family connection. Each holiday is special and important, but holidays may need to look different this year.
The best thing that eligible individuals can do to protect their health and the health of their children is to get vaccinated.
COVID-19 can easily spread from one person to another during traditional holiday activities where we gather. No matter the holiday, we want it to be a safe one for you and your family.
We ask that you protect your health and the health of your loved ones by doing the following:
- Protect yourself and your community by getting vaccinated.
- Stay home if you do not feel well, are at higher risk for getting very sick from COVID-19, or live with people who are at higher risk of getting very sick from COVID-19.
- Get tested if you have symptoms of COVID-19 or have had close contact with someone who has COVID-19.
- Wear a well-fitting mask over your nose and mouth in public indoor settings.
- Open windows and/or doors to allow air to flow when possible if gathering indoors.
If you are considering traveling for a holiday or event, visit CDC’s Travel page to help you decide what is best for you and your family. CDC still recommends delaying travel until you are fully vaccinated.
- If you are not fully vaccinated and must travel, follow CDC’s domestic travel or international travel recommendations for unvaccinated people.
- If you will be traveling in a group or family with unvaccinated people, choose safer travel options.
- Everyone, even people who are fully vaccinated, is required to wear a mask on public transportation and follow international travel recommendations.
After the Celebrations
If you participated in high-risk activities, or think you may have become exposed during the holidays:
- People who have come into close contact with someone with COVID-19 should be tested to check for infection:
- Fully vaccinated people should be tested 5–7 days after their last exposure.
- People who are not fully vaccinated should get tested immediately when they find out they are a close contact. If their test result is negative, they should get tested again 5–7 days after their last exposure or immediately if symptoms develop.
- Know when to quarantine.