CDC takes down tips for safe holiday celebrations, claims they were not updated and posted in error
ROCHESTER, N.Y. (WHEC) — The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has taken down the tips that it put up for safe holiday gatherings that it put up over the weekend.
"The content is in the process of being updated by CDC to reflect current guidance ahead of this holiday season," CDC spokeswoman Kristen Nordlund claimed in a statement Monday. "The page had a technical update on Friday, but doesn’t reflect the CDC’s guidance ahead of this upcoming holiday season. CDC will share additional guidance soon."
Before they were taken down, here’s what the CDC said:
The safest way to celebrate is virtually, with people who live with you, or outside and at least 6 feet apart from others.
If you are celebrating in-person, here are some tips to protect yourself and your loved ones from COVID-19.
- Get vaccinated when you are eligible.
- Know when to wear a mask.
- If you are not fully vaccinated and aged 2 or older, you should wear a mask in indoor public places.
- In general, you do not need to wear a mask in outdoor settings.
- In areas with high numbers of COVID-19 cases, consider wearing a mask in crowded outdoor settings and for activities with close contact with others who are not fully vaccinated.
- Outdoor activities are safer than indoor gatherings.
- Have conversations ahead of time to understand expectations for celebrating together.
- Do not attend or host a gathering if you are sick or have symptoms of COVID-19.
- If celebrating indoors, bring in fresh air by opening windows and doors, if possible. You can use a window fan in one of the open windows to blow air out of the window. This will pull fresh air in through the other open windows.
For more CDC tips, click here.