Durham Holiday Safety Guidelines & Events

Because of COVID-19, it's important to follow safety guidelines during this year's holiday season including wearing masks, social distancing, and washing hands.

Durham residents are asked to continue following the 3 Ws and review the public health resources and guidelines below to help prevent super-spreader events in our community.

North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services Holiday Guidelines:

Durham Parks and Recreation Holiday Events Press Release

View City Service Changes Due to Thanksgiving Holiday

View the Holiday Safety Press Conference

Updated North Carolina Mask Requirement Effective Nov. 25 through Dec. 11

  • A mask must be worn any time you are with someone who is not from the same household.
  • Masks are required in indoor public spaces, even when maintaining six feet distance. This includes gyms (even while exercising), private and public schools, and public or private transportation when traveling with people outside your household.
  • View the press release or FAQs to learn more.

As you plan your holiday celebrations, please note that the indoor mass gathering limit is 10 people indoors and 50 people outdoors.

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Holiday Safety Guidelines

Durham residents are encouraged to review guidelines from public health organizations, and make a plan to keep your celebrations safe. The following guidance is from the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Resources.

Practice the 3 Ws. Wear a mask over your nose and mouth, wait 6 feet apart and wash your hands.
  • Consider getting tested for COVID-19 3 to 4 days prior to attending family gatherings.
  • Do not host or attend a gathering if you've been exposed to COVID-19 or have symptoms.
  • Higher risk guests should consider attending events virtually.
  • Limit your holiday travel and limit physical contact with people who do not live in your household.
  • Seat people who live together at their own table and keep tables at least 6 feet apart from one another.
  • Use single-use options or identify one person to serve food so that multiple people are not handling the items.
  • Clean and disinfect commonly-touched surfaces such as door handles and sink faucets.
  • Host your gathering outdoors. If that's not possible, make sure the room is well-ventilated by opening windows and doors.

Health & Safety Resources