How to Safely Celebrate the Holidays | AFC Urgent Care | Portland

The holiday season is a time to gather together, visit loved ones, and enjoy celebrating whatever traditions your families may have. However, like most other things in 2020, this year’s holiday season is going to look and feel different. To protect the health and safety of yourself and your loved ones, gathering together may not be in the cards this year. So what can we do? Surprisingly, a lot. Here are some suggestions on how to have a safe and healthy 2020 holiday season.

Celebration Considerations:

According to the CDC, “celebrating virtually or with members of your own household (who are also taking measures to reduce the spread of COVID-19) poses the lowest risk for spread.” For your family members who may be in college and coming home for the holidays, consider having them quarantine for up to 5 days then getting tested before they join in the celebrations.

If you have decided to host a small and safe celebration, here are some questions from the Mayo Clinic to keep in mind. Remember, if you aren’t comfortable with the level of risk involved, it’s okay to opt for a virtual celebration. 

  1. What are the current levels of COVID-19 in your community and any communities your guests are coming from?

  2. Where is the event being held? Weather permitting, outdoor gatherings are the safest.

  3. How long is the event?

  4. How many people will attend? Currently, in many counties in Oregon, there’s a gathering limit of six people with a strong recommendation to limit gatherings to two households.

  5. Are guests traveling?

  6. Do the guests follow safety measures in their day to day life?

Lower-risk Activities:

Luckily, there are plenty of options for those who have decided to forgo any in-person celebrations. Here are a few ideas recommended by the CDC:

  1. Have a small dinner with only the people living in your household.

  2. Prepare traditional family recipes for family members, neighbors, or those of higher risk and deliver them in a way that involves no contact.

  3. Have a virtual dinner with your family. This may involve a few practice runs so Grandma and Grandpa can work out the kinks.

  4. Have a Christmas movie marathon.

  5. Shop online rather than in person for all your Christmas gifts. We at AFC recommend purchasing from small local businesses in your community.


There are ways to keep celebrations small and safe this holiday season. For those who are gathering, have open conversations with your guests and family members about their safety habits. Don’t be hesitant to ask them to get tested or to quarantine a week leading up to your gathering. If you’re in need of any testing services, AFC has you covered. Learn more about our testing options and book an appointment online.