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With the holidays fast approaching, the Carbondale Fire Department would like to share the Illinois Department of Public Health's recommendations on how to celebrate safer during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Try to do gift shopping online by looking at local store websites and choosing pick-up options. Grocery shopping online with delivery and curbside pick-up is also available in many locations. If you need to shop in-person, try to go at a time when stores are not as busy.
Think about the seating arrangements if you are planning a meal. Keep members of the same household together and try to put space between one family and another.
When serving food, avoid a buffet-style or potluck setting and consider having one person serve all the food so that multiple people are not handling the serving utensils. Also try to limit the number of people going in and out of areas where food is being prepared – like the kitchen and dining room.
If you are sick, do not travel and do not attend gatherings and celebrations. Even if your symptoms are mild, you may still be able to infect others, and no one wants the gift of sickness this season.
For more holiday safety tips, go to the IDPH website under guidance.