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Coronavirus and Christmas: The Surprising Holiday Activity You Should Avoid

Cancel plans for this annual tradition

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Due to the coronavirus pandemic, the 2020 holiday season will look quite different than in years past. Unfortunately, many seasonal traditions will have to be completely altered or shelved altogether because of their risk of spreading COVID-19. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has announced its guidelines for safe holiday celebrations, and it advises against one holiday activity that many Americans might not expect.

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Along with encouraging the basic coronavirus etiquette of mask wearing, social distancing and hand washing, the CDC also warns against some specific holiday activities such as Black Friday shopping after Thanksgiving or setting out self-serve drink options like holiday punch or a carafe of hot chocolate. 

The organization also advises against any activities involving singing, chanting or shouting, especially when not wearing a mask and within 6 feet of others. That means going Christmas caroling in a group, gathering around the piano or Christmas tree to sing songs or hosting sing-alongs to popular beloved holiday movies like “White Christmas” or “Meet Me in St. Louis” where you’re unable to properly maintain social distancing.


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