Holiday gatherings authorized by the CDC as New York prepares for the season


NEW YORK – With Thanksgiving and Christmas approaching, updated advice on how to stay safe during the holidays has been posted, recommending masking and vaccinations.

This follows an increase in coronavirus infections in New York City last year after families gathered to celebrate.

The Centers for Disease Control did not recommend capacity limits – or even avoiding indoor gatherings – that were part of last year’s guidelines.

“We expect families and friends to get together for the holidays this year and we’ve updated our tips on how best to stay safe while on vacation,” the CDC said.

“The best way to minimize the risk of COVID and ensure people can gather together safely is to get the shot or get the booster if you are eligible. “

In the past seven days, New York City has recorded six deaths and 36 hospitalizations due to COVID infections. There have been 946 cases. These figures are much lower than those of last year at this date.

Three days after Christmas last year, New York City recorded 224 new hospitalizations and 2,428 new cases, Mayor Bill de Blasio said at the time.

To stay safe during the holiday season, the CDC said:

  • Protect people who are not yet eligible for vaccination, such as young children, by getting vaccinated and others who are eligible around them.
  • Wear well-fitting masks over your nose and mouth if you are in indoor public places if you are not fully immunized.
  • Even those who are fully immunized should wear a mask in indoor public places in communities with high to high transmission.
  • The exterior is safer than the interior.
  • If you are sick or have symptoms, do not organize or attend a rally.
  • Get tested if you have symptoms of COVID-19 or have been in close contact with someone with COVID-19.

If you are planning to travel for a vacation or an event, visit the CDC travel page to help you decide what’s best for you and your family. The CDC always recommends delaying travel until you are fully vaccinated.

Special considerations:

  • People who have an illness or are taking medicines that weaken their immune system may not be fully protected even if they are fully vaccinated and have received a drug. extra dose. They should keep taking it all recommended precautions for unvaccinated people, including wearing a properly fitted mask, until advised otherwise by their health care provider.
  • You may choose to wear a mask regardless of the level of transmission if someone in your household has a weakened immune system, is at increased risk of serious illness, or is not vaccinated.
  • If you are meeting with a group of people from multiple households and potentially from different parts of the country, you may want to consider additional precautions (e.g. avoiding crowded indoor spaces before travel, taking a test) before assembling to further reduce the risks.
  • Do not put a mask on children under 2 years old.

“By working together, we can enjoy safer vacations, travel and protect our own health as well as that of our family and friends,” the CDC said.

With Lisa Finn / Patch


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