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Getting ready for the BIG Game? Do so safely

The best thing to do this weekend? Have a virtual gathering to watch the big game. But if you do gather with people who don’t live with you, consider taking the following measures:

  • Wear a mask appropriately and consistently
  • Stay at least 6 feet away from others who do not live with you. Remember that people without symptoms or with a recent negative test result can still spread COVID-19 to others. Guests should avoid direct contact, including handshakes and hugs, with others not from their household.
  • Avoid crowded, poorly ventilated indoor spaces Avoid crowds and indoors spaces that do not offer fresh air from the outdoors. If indoors, bring in fresh air by opening windows and doors, if possible.
  • Wash your hands Wash hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after you have been in a public place, after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing and before eating.

Here are some other things to consider as you make your plans:

  • Have conversations with the host ahead of time to understand expectations for celebrating together.
  • Bring your own food, drinks, plates, cups, utensils, and condiment packets.
  • Wear a mask indoors and outdoors.
  • Avoid shouting, cheering loudly, or singing. Clap, stomp your feet, or bring (or provide) hand-held noisemakers instead.
  • Stay home if you are sick or have been near someone who thinks they may have or have been exposed to COVID-19.
  • It’s okay if you decide to stay home and remain apart from others. 


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