COVID-19 safe holiday planning

 

November 16, 2020

 

Dear Sisters, Brothers, and Kin –

It’s that time of the year where we will each begin to plan for fall and winter holiday gatherings and celebrations. However, with the COVID-19 virus still spreading at an alarming rate, I wanted to encourage healthy caution this holiday season.

Public health experts and our in-house epidemiologists offer the following considerations to keep you, your loved ones, and our and communities safe from COVID-19:

 

  • Community levels of COVID-19 Higher levels of COVID-19 cases and community spread in the gathering location, as well as where attendees are coming from, increase the risk of infection and spread among attendees. Family and friends should consider the number and rate of COVID-19 cases in their community and in the community where they plan to celebrate.

 

  • The location of the gathering  Indoor gatherings generally pose more risk than outdoor gatherings. Indoor gatherings with poor ventilation pose more risk than those with good ventilation, such as those with open windows or doors.

 

  • The duration of the gatheringGatherings that last longer pose more risk than shorter gatherings.

 

  • The number of people at the gathering Gatherings with more people pose more risk than gatherings with fewer people.

 

  • The locations attendees are traveling from Gatherings with attendees who are traveling from different places pose a higher risk than gatherings with attendees who live in the same area. Higher levels of COVID-19 cases and community spread in the gathering location, or where attendees are coming from, increase the risk of infection and spread among attendees.

 

  • The behaviors of attendees during the gathering – Gatherings with more preventive measures in place, such as mask wearing, social distancing, and hand washing, pose less risk than gatherings where fewer or no preventive measures are being implemented.

 

For the most up-to-date information, please see the CDC's guide to small gatherings here. We humbly ask that you keep these considerations in mind so we can beat this pandemic and get back to doing what we love ASAP. I wish you a safe and happy holiday season.

 

In solidarity,

Matthew D. Loeb, IATSE International President