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JCPH offers tips to celebrate Labor Day safely and limit COVID-19 spread as we head into fall season

Tips for celebrating Labor Day safely to minimize the spread of COVID-19

Jefferson County, Colo. – Labor Day is the last holiday of the summer and for many, the last chance to get outside and celebrate with loved ones. While we continue to see the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic in our lives, it’s important we all take steps to celebrate holidays safely to minimize our own exposure to the virus and to protect those we love. Jefferson County Public Health (JCPH) urges everyone to celebrate this Labor Day, Sept. 7, 2020, in a modified, safer way to slow and lessen the spread of coronavirus.

“It’s been a long, difficult summer, but we’re finally seeing the results of everyone’s hard work as case numbers decline. It’s important we keep that downward trend going, especially as our children return to school and we head into flu season,” said Dr. Mark B. Johnson, Executive Director at JCPH. “The better we all do at following key disease prevention steps, the better chance we have at making it through the next few months in good shape.”

In the last several months, many COVID-19 cases have been linked to private gatherings and parties, like BBQs, birthdays and weddings, so it’s important to make sure that as you spend a holiday celebrating with your loved ones, you do so in a way that keeps you and your community safe.

There are several key prevention tips JCPH recommends following this Labor Day:

  • Keep it small, outdoors and with those in your inner circle: If you choose to gather, do so outdoors. Limit your celebration to those who are in your household or who you are already seeing regularly. If there are people from more than one household, seat them separately, at least 6 feet apart.
  • Travel safely and minimally: Make a plan for how you’ll get where you’re going. Remember that closer to home is better, as counties outside Jeffco and states outside Colorado may have higher levels of virus transmission. Avoid taking public transportation if you can, and don’t travel in cars with others who don’t live with you.
  • Limit communal touch-points and sanitize frequently: If you’re playing lawn games like cornhole, consider picking up bean bags so each person can have their own set of game pieces. Disinfect games in between rounds. At the picnic table, avoid foods or utensils everyone has to touch. Instead, try pre-portioned meals or asking one person to serve food wearing a mask and gloves. Make sure hand sanitizer is available and used regularly.
  • Assess the risk: Anyone who is at more risk of getting severely ill from the virus, like those with underlying medical conditions, should think twice before attending gatherings. If you’re feeling unsure or worried about the level of risk, just stay home.

“Every holiday poses its own unique challenges for us as we learn to live with COVID-19 in our lives,” Johnson said. “We’ve made it through Mother’s and Father’s Day, Memorial Day and the Fourth of July. Now, we can get through Labor Day and look forward to the fall and winter holidays ahead, knowing the smart and safe decisions we make today will help us get closer to celebrating how we want in the future.”

As always, when partaking in any activities outside of your home, you can make it safer by:

  • Wearing a mask.
  • Maintaining physical distance (at least 6 feet).
  • Washing your hands frequently with soap and water.
  • Changing your plans if a situation looks crowded or you feel uncomfortable about the risk.
  • Staying home if you’re sick.

Learn more about how COVID-19 is currently affecting Jeffco, what you can do to help slow the spread, community resources and more at www.jeffco.us/coronavirus.


About Jefferson County Public Health

Public health is what we as a society do collectively to prevent illness and premature death and promote health in our neighborhoods and communities. Jefferson County Public Health (JCPH) is a nationally accredited health department committed to promoting and protecting health across the lifespan for all people through prevention, education and partnerships. To learn more about JCPH visit https://www.jeffco.us/public-health. You can also follow JCPH on Twitter @JeffcoPH, Instagram @JeffcoPH and Facebook @jeffcopublichealth.

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