COVID-19 Holiday Travel Safety

Published on November 17, 2021

Before heading over the river and through the woods, follow these tips from the Denver Department of Public Health & Environment (DDPHE) to keep yourself and your loved ones safe this holiday season.  

Vaccination is Vital

The best way to stay safe this holiday season is by getting the COVID-19 vaccine and booster shot. Vaccines are free and available for those ages 5 and older. Vaccination resources can be found on the DDPHE Get A Vaccine website.

If all eligible members of your family are vaccinated, you can feel good about enjoying typical holiday celebrations with family and close friends. Though the deadline to be fully vaccinated by Thanksgiving or the first night of Hanukkah has passed, it’s not too late for a fully vaccinated Christmas. To be considered fully vaccinated for Christmas, people should get their first dose of vaccine by the following dates: Pfizer by Nov. 20 and Johnson & Johnson by Dec. 11. Those who do not have time to become fully vaccinated prior to a holiday can still begin to protect themselves by receiving the first dose of the vaccine: one vaccine is better than none, as the first dose is up to 80% effective.  

Stay Safe While Traveling

For those traveling by air, federal law requires anyone over the age of 2 to wear a face covering at all times in and on airport property, including Denver International Airport. Failure to comply may result in removal from airport property and denial of re-entry. 

If you’re traveling by bus or train, face coverings are required for all people while on public transportation. If you choose to travel by bus or train, learn what you can do to protect yourself on public transportation

Stay Off the Naughty List

Get tested if you have symptoms of COVID-19 or have a close contact with someone who has COVID-19. For the safest holiday gathering, and to protect those with compromised immune systems or children who are too young to be vaccinated, get tested for COVID-19 in advance. If you are sick, have symptoms or test positive for COVID-19, don’t host or attend a gathering.

Other tips for a safe holiday:

  • Wear well-fitting masks over your nose and mouth if you are in public indoor settings if you are not fully vaccinated, and for extra protection if you are vaccinated
  • Gathering outdoors is safer than indoors
  • Avoid crowded, poorly ventilated spaces
  • Do not put a mask on children younger than 2 years old
  • Remember to frequently wash your hands or apply hand sanitizer while traveling or in large gatherings

Additional information about COVID-19 as well as frequently asked questions can be found on the DDPHE COVID-19 webpage.

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