MN Department of Health
Information for Safe Family Gatherings
Take steps to lower the risk of COVID-19
- If you are unvaccinated, limit chances for contact with someone with COVID-19. Two weeks prior to your gathering, avoid people who do not live with you and settings where you cannot stay at least 6 feet away from others. Avoid bars, restaurants, or carpools where people do not consistently wear a mask.
- Wear a well-fitting mask when you are inside places other than your home.
- Wear a well-fitting mask at outdoor events where you cannot stay at least 6 feet away from others. See CDC: Improve How Your Mask Protects You (www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/yourhealth/effective-masks.html).
- Wash your hands regularly and thoroughly and ask people coming into your home to do the same.
- Stay at least 6 feet from others who live outside your household, whenever you can.
Create a safe setting
Create a safe setting for visitors
- Before anyone enters your home, ask if they have had a fever, cough, body aches, fatigue, runny nose, or other symptoms of COVID-19. People with symptoms should stay home and away from all others. They should be tested for COVID-19 as soon as possible.
- Before anyone enters your home, ask if they have recently been near someone with COVID-19. People who have spent time near a person with COVID-19 should stay home and away from others. They should be tested five to seven days after the contact.
- Before bringing someone who needs long-term care into your home, get yourself and your household members tested for COVID-19.
- Before anyone enters your home, especially someone at-risk for more severe illness, wear a mask that covers your mouth and nose completely.
- Before anyone enters your car, wear a mask that covers your mouth and nose completely. If people staying with you can also wear a mask, ask them to do so as well.
- Before anyone enters your home, set up your house so people can stay 6 feet apart from others. See Indoor Air Considerations: COVID-19 (www.health.state.mn.us/diseases/coronavirus/indoorair.html). LONG – TERM CARE GUIDANCE FOR OUTINGS.
- For current recommendations about creating a safe space for visitors, see Protect Yourself & Others: COVID-19 (www.health.state.mn.us/diseases/coronavirus/prevention.html).
Contact the nursing home or assisted living-type facility
Nursing homes and assisted living-type facilities follow strict regulations and guidelines to prevent the spread of COVID-19 in their buildings. Before taking someone out of nursing homes or assisted living-type facilities, make sure you understand the current guidelines.
Vaccination for COVID-19 is ongoing. We look forward to the day when more restrictions can be removed.