COVID-19 safety during the holidays


holiday meal with household
Image source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

As autumn quarter comes to a close, the Environmental Health & Safety Department (EH&S) wishes you and your family a happy and healthy holiday season while taking the necessary precautions to minimize the spread of COVID-19.

Gather with your household

Because of the dramatic rise in COVID-19 infections in our area and throughout the United States, celebrate the holidays only with members of your household and avoid attending or hosting indoor gatherings with anyone who does not live with you.

Consider how your holiday plans can be modified to reduce the spread of COVID-19. Regardless of how you celebrate, take the following precautions:

  • Avoid close contact with people outside your household.
  • Stay at least 6 feet away from people who are not part of your household.
  • Wear a cloth face covering that covers your nose and mouth anytime you are with people not from your household.
  • Avoid poorly ventilated indoor spaces. Outdoor activities are safer than indoor activities.
  • Wash or sanitize your hands often.
  • Stay away from other people if you are sick, experiencing symptoms of COVID-19 or were recently exposed to someone with COVID-19.

Get COVID-19 exposure notifications

Image source: Washington State Department of Health

The WA Notify smartphone app alerts alerts you if you’ve been near someone in the past two weeks who has tested positive for COVID-19.




It’s free, completely private, and does not track your activity or identity.

Follow state health and travel restrictions

New restrictions were enacted to prevent the spread of COVID-19 in Washington state, which include a travel advisory. Check Washington State’s official COVID-19 website for the latest updates on COVID-19 restrictions. Many other states have similar restrictions; details are available on their state health department websites.

Get tested

If you have COVID-19 symptoms, your health care provider suspects you have COVID-19, or you had close contact with someone who tested positive for COVID-19, follow the instructions in the FAQ “I want to get tested for COVID-19. Where can I go?”

UW students and employees on the Bothell, Seattle and Tacoma campuses can voluntarily enroll in the Husky Coronavirus Testing research study or access other free COVID-19 testing sites.

Stay informed