The Illinois Department of Public Health is offering guidance for getting through the holidays safely amidst the pandemic.
The holidays are often a time for parties and getting together with family. But, state public health director Dr. Ngozi Ezike says with the coronavirus still going strong, this year is going to take some extra planning.
"Remember is people are coming to your home from out of town, or you yourself will be going out of town, try to see if you can limit your exposures in the proceeding two weeks. The fewer exposures people have, the lower the likelihood of catching the infection."
Ezike advises everyone to wear a mask when not eating or drinking, hosting gatherings outside if the weather allows and increasing air flow inside by cracking the windows. She says it’s also a good idea to skip the buffet style dinner this year and have just one person serving the food.