October 20, 2021

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East Hartford Winter Holiday Guidance

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Events and Gatherings

As COVID-19 cases and related hospitalizations and deaths continue to increase across the state of Connecticut, the Town of East Hartford would like to remind residents that holiday celebrations will likely need to be different this year in order to prevent the spread of COVID-19 and the flu. The safest way to celebrate winter holidays is at home with the people you live with. The East Hartford Health Department urges residents to avoid activities that are higher risk for spread and to consider fun alternatives that pose lower risk of spreading COVID-19, such as:

  • Having a small dinner with only people who live in your household
  • Preparing family recipes for family and neighbors, especially those at higher risk of severe illness from COVID-19, and delivering them in a way that doesn’t involve contact with others
  • Having a virtual dinner and sharing recipes with friends and family
  • Shopping online rather than in person after the winter holidays
  • Watching sporting events, parades, and movies from home

Postponing travel and staying home are the best ways to protect yourself and others from COVID-19. People who are sick, have recently tested positive for the virus that causes COVID-19, or have been exposed to a person with COVID-19 pose a risk to others during family gatherings. The East Hartford Health Department recommends delaying travel this holiday season whenever possible.

  • Do not travel or attend gatherings if you or any of your companions
    • Are sick
    • Have suspected or diagnosed COVID-19 (even if you don’t have symptoms)
    • Have been around someone with suspected or diagnosed COVID-19 in the past 14 days (even if they did not have symptoms).

If you decide to travel or participate in moderate and/or higher risk activities, be informed:

Holiday Travel

Safer Celebrations

The East Hartford Health Department also recommends the following safety measures before, during, and after your trip or celebration:

  • Get your flu shot
    • Gatherings can contribute to the spread of other infectious diseases, such as the common cold and seasonal flu.
    • Learn more about the different symptoms here and consult with a medical provider if you are sick.
  • Wear a mask that covers your nose and mouth in public settings (i.e. on public transportation, at events and gatherings, and anywhere you will be around other people).
  • Limit contact with commonly touched surfaces or shared items.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds or use hand sanitizer (with at least 60% alcohol).
  • Avoid contact with anyone who is sick.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
  • Avoid close contact by staying at least 6 feet apart (about 2 arms’ length) from anyone who is not from your household.
  • Get tested for COVID-19, even if you do not have symptoms. The Town of East Hartford continues to work with healthcare providers to increase free and accessible COVID testing opportunities for residents. Please visit www.easthartfordct.gov/covid-19-testing-sites for a list of available testing locations. To view a statewide list and map of all COVID-19 testing sites, visit www.211ct.org/covidtesting.
  • If exposed to COVID-19 during a holiday gathering

holiday guidance

For additional guidance on hosting or attending holiday gatherings, please visit the CDC website. If you have any questions about this guidance or would like to speak with a Public Health Nurse, please contact the East Hartford Health Department at (860) 291- 7324. As always, please take care of yourselves, your family, and each other this holiday season.

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