COVID-19 Prevention and Protection

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Spring Gathering Guidelines

The actions that have kept us safe and healthy over the past year will continue to protect us now. If you gather with friends, family, or community, keep the following guidelines in mind:

  • Outdoor gatherings are safer than indoor gatherings.
  • Online gatherings are always safest, especially for people at high risk of severe illness.
  • Keep 6 feet of distance from people who don’t live with you.
  • Wear a mask over your nose and mouth when in public, especially indoors.
  • Wash your hands frequently, or use hand sanitizer if soap and water are not available.

It’s best to continue to avoid large gatherings or crowds, especially indoors, until the risk of COVID-19 transmission is lower. Check the state’s guidance by sector for additional recommendations for events and gatherings. 

Everyday Preventive Actions  

  • Wear two or more layers of washable, breathable fabric for your cloth mask in public.
  • Cough or sneeze into your sleeve, or if you use a tissue then discard the tissue and promptly wash your hands.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Stay home while you are sick and avoid close contact with others.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. 
    • If soap and water are not readily available and hands are not visibly soiled, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol if hands are not visibly soiled.
  • Take extra precautions if you plan to attend or host a small gathering of fewer than 10 people to stay safe.

Isolation and Quarantine

Fact Sheet Isolation and Quarantine COVID-19  Opens in new windowTo stop transmission, follow isolation and quarantine guidance if you test positive for COVID-19 or develop symptoms. 


En español: Cuando este ENFERMO con síntomas de COVID-19, AÍSLESE para no estar en contacto con otros.

Home Care 

homecareimage Opens in new windowIf you or someone in your home has tested positive, has symptoms, or may have been exposed to someone with COVID-19, follow the Home Care Advice for COVID-19 to help protect yourself and the people around you.

En español: Consejos para el cuidado en el hogar para COVID-19

Emotional Health

Emotional health is as important as physical health. Here are some positive steps you can take to support yours and your loved ones’ emotional health: 

  • Choose activities that relax you, such as breathing deeply; listening to music; enjoying sports, hobbies, or reading
  • Move your body/exercise, eat healthy, and get enough sleep
  • Check-in with your friends, co-workers, and family
  • Take breaks from the news and social media. 
  • Develop a COVID-19 emergency kit so that you will have the supplies you need if you or a loved one gets ill.
  • Contact the free and confidential Disaster Distress Hotline 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. at 1-800-985-5990, press 2 or text: "TalkWithUs" to 66746; En Español: "Hablanos" to 66746

High Risk Individuals

Older adults (over age 60) and people who have underlying medical conditions, like heart or lung disease or diabetes, are at higher risk for developing more serious complications from COVID-19 illness. Individuals at high risk should: 

Plan Ahead 

Learn more about how to be ready for many types of emergencies by reviewing CDC’s resources on emergency preparedness and response and getting your household ready for COVID-19.

Stay Informed 

Use reliable sources such as the CDC and CDPHE and local up-to-date information at www.tchd.org/COVID.