Tips and Holiday Toolkit to Keep Residents Safe
Anne Arundel County Executive Steuart Pittman and County Health Officer Dr. Nilesh Kalyanaraman are reminding residents to keep their guard up when it comes to protecting themselves against COVID-19. With surging COVID rates, County officials are encouraging residents to proceed with extreme caution when celebrating with family during the holidays.
The County is offering the following tips for a safe holiday season. Advice is consistent with Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidance.
- If you are not feeling well, stay home! Even if your symptoms are mild, avoid families and friends and get tested;
- Wear masks unless you are eating or drinking;
- Gather outside if possible;
- Wash your hands frequently and offer hand sanitizer;
- Have one person serve all food so that multiple people are not handling utensils;
- Arrange tables and chairs to allow for social distancing
“We’re Anne Arundel and we’re all in this together. Thanksgiving is a time when we all want to get together to show gratitude for what we have and for each other,” said County Executive Pittman. “But this year, the best way to show our gratitude is to keep our distance and observe best public health practices. The best thing that we can do for those we love is to find ways to be together, while staying apart. We don’t want to invite COVID home for the holidays.”
“Thanksgiving is a time when we come together to show gratitude socially and emotionally,” said County Health Officer Dr. Nilesh Kalyanaraman. “This year we can still give special thanks by celebrating in thoughtful and kind ways that protect ourselves and others.”
In addition to holiday tips, Anne Arundel County has launched a public health campaign, Stop COVID-19 From Coming Home for the Holidays. The campaign is meant to educate and empower Anne Arundel County residents to make safe and healthy decisions. Here is the holiday social media toolkit.
County Executive Pittman added, “When it comes to saving lives, there can’t be too much information. With rising COVID numbers and deaths, we’d all rather be safe than sorry.”