COVID-19 Guidance for Winter Holidays

This fall and winter, the Yakima Health District would like remind individuals to continue to practice the recommended public health guidelines to reduce the risk of COVID-19 in our community. We would also like to encourage residents to consider safe, alternative celebration options for upcoming festivities

In the state of Washington, from 11/17-12/15 indoor gatherings with those not in your household are prohibited. More information can be found on the Governor's Medium webpage


Low Risk Activities

  • Having a small dinner with only people who live in your household
  • Preparing traditional 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 on the day after Thanksgiving or the next Monday 
  • Watching sports events, parades, and movies from home


Moderate Risk Activities

  • Having a small outdoor dinner with family and friends who live in your community
    • Lower your risk by following these recommendations for hosting
  • Visiting pumpkin patches or orchards where people use hand sanitizer before touching pumpkins are picking apples, wearing masks is encouraged or enforced, and people are able to maintain social distancing
  • Attending a small outdoor sports event with safety precautions in place


Higher Risk Activities

Avoid these higher risk activities to help prevent the spread of the virus that causes COVID-19 

  • Going shopping in crowded stores just before, on, or after Thanksgiving
  • Participating in being a spectator at a crowded race
  • Attending crowded parades
  • Attending large indoor gatherings with people from outside of your household
  • Using alcohol or drugs that may alter your judgement and make it more difficult to  practice COVID-19 safety measures