Winter Holidays

Celebrate Safely - Winter Holidays

The winter holiday season is a time when families and friends travel to see each other, have large dinners, attend parades, watch or play sports, throw parties and celebrate together. In the era of COVID-19, it's important to celebrate safely during holiday gatherings.

Per CDC guidance, the best way to keep your family and friends safe this holiday season is by getting vaccinated against COVID-19. 

The COVID-19 vaccine is available for individuals 5 and older. Boosters are also available for all fully vaccinated adults. Book your vaccination appointment with the Springfield-Greene County Health Department by visiting or by calling our COVID-19 call center at (417) 874-1211.
General Recommendations for Gathering

General Recommendations for Gathering

The best way to protect yourself and others from COVID-19 is to get vaccinated. Book your vaccination appointment by visiting or call the COVID-19 Call Center at (417) 874-1121. 

  • If you are not fully vaccinated, wear well-fitting masks over the nose and mouth while in public indoor settings. 
  • It is also recommended that fully vaccinated individuals wear a mask while in public indoor settings in substantial to high transmission communities. 
  • Consider gathering outside to reduce the spread of COVID-19. 
  • Try to avoid crowded, poor ventilated spaces. 
  • Do not attend or host a holiday gathering if you are sick or have symptoms. 
  • Get tested if you have symptoms of COVID-19 or have been in close contact with someone who has COVID-19. 
  • If you are attending a holiday gathering which includes family or friends from out of state or country, consider taking additional precautions like avoiding crowded spaces or getting tested, prior to their arrival to reduce the risk of transmission. 
  • Per CDC recommendation, do not mask a child under 2 years old. 

View all CDC gathering guidance

Holiday Travel Guidance

Holiday Travel Guidance

The CDC recommends delaying travel until you are fully vaccinated. If you must travel, take these precautions: 

  • Know the COVID-19 situation at your destination. Some areas may have travel restrictions in place. 
  • Make sure you understand and follow all state, local, and territorial travel restrictions, including mask wearing, proof of vaccination, testing or quarantine requirements. 
  • Wearing a mask is required on public transportation and in indoor transportation hubs in the United States. 
  • Do not travel if you are sick, if you test positive for COVID-19 or if you have a known COVID-19 exposure.
  • If you are not fully vaccinated, get tested before and after traveling.

View all CDC Travel Guidance

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