On Wednesday, Michigan health officials released more recommendations for holiday gatherings.

Every year, families get together to share meals and spend time with each other over the holidays. This year, the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services is recommending other options.

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On Wednesday, October 21st, health officials released some recommendations for upcoming holiday gatherings around Christmas and Thanksgiving. One of those recommendations is asking for people to just stay home or make virtual gathering plans with friends and family to avoid large in-person gatherings.

Celebrating the holiday season with family and friends is one of our most cherished traditions...Even though the way we celebrate may have to be different, the guidance issued today shows there are still many ways to spend quality time with family and friends safely during this festive season...said Dr. Joneigh Khaldun, chief medical executive and chief deputy for health.

If you do decide to gather with family and friends for the holidays, here is what the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services recommends:

  • Wear a face-covering in public places (over mouth and nose.)
  • Maintain six feet of distance from others who are not from your household.
  • Wash hands often.
  • Avoid anyone that is sick.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
  • Limit the number of people in food preparation areas.
  • Avoid potlucks or have one person serve all the sharable food.

For those planning on visiting family for the holidays, just simply be safe about it. On the other hand, this is the perfect excuse to avoid family arguments and awkward interactions.

Source: ABC 12