A Safe & Healthy Spring

A Safe & Healthy Spring

Have a healthy and safe spring break…

While the weather is warmer and the days are longer, the safest way to ‘spring’ into the new season is to focus on what matters most, keeping our loved ones safe and continuing the course: social distance, wear a face mask, wash hands often and get vaccinated to reduce the spread of COVID-19. Find out more about how to have a safe spring break.

Important Note About Travel

Travel increases your chance of getting and spreading COVID-19. CDC recommends that you do not travel at this time. Delay travel and stay home to protect yourself and others from COVID-19. Visit CDC’s Travel During COVID-19 for more information and steps to take if you must travel.

Do what’s best for you and your loved ones.

The Shelby County Health Department and the CDC urge everyone to celebrate the season differently this year. Spring break travel, indoor gatherings, passed food and many other spring activities significantly increase the risk of spreading COVID-19. Here’s how you can keep yourself and your loved ones safe and healthy:

  • Celebrate religious holidays virtually or with members of your own household (who are consistently taking measures to reduce the spread of COVID-19) poses the lowest risk for spread.
  • If you plan to be around people from another household, get a COVID-19 test. Click here to find a free testing center near you.
  • Be sure that you are fully vaccinated. Visit HERE to schedule a vaccination appointment.
  • If you’ve been fully vaccinated:
    • You can gather indoors with fully vaccinated people without wearing a mask.
    • You can gather indoors with unvaccinated people from one other household (for example, visiting with relatives who all live together) without masks, unless any of those people or anyone they live with has an increased risk for severe illness from COVID-19.
    • If you’ve been around someone who has COVID-19, you do not need to stay away from others or get tested unless you have symptoms.
    • However, if you live in a group setting (like a correctional or detention facility or group home) and are around someone who has COVID-19, you should still stay away from others for 14 days and get tested, even if you don’t have symptoms.

Stay up-to-date with the latest recommendations from the CDC.

Missing face-to-face interactions?

These options still present some moderate risk however, staying outdoors helps minimize risks:
  • Understand the CDC’s recommendations and considerations before hosting or attending a gathering.
  • Have a small outdoor dinner.
    • Lower your risk by following CDC’s recommendations on hosting gatherings or cook-outs.
    • Bring your own food, drinks, plates, cups, and utensils.
    • Use single-use options, like salad dressing and condiment packets, and disposable items like food containers, plates, and utensils.
  • Visit outdoor activities where people use hand sanitizer before touching items, wearing masks is required, and people are able to maintain social distancing.
  • Attend small outdoor events with safety precautions in place.

Avoid these higher-risk activities.

Help prevent the spread of the virus that causes COVID-19. We suggest avoiding:
  • Shopping in crowded stores.
  • Participating in or attending a crowded parade or event.
  • Using alcohol or drugs, which can cloud judgment and increase risky behaviors.
  • Attending large indoor gatherings with people from outside of your household who are not fully vaccinated.