By Dr. Henning Ansorg, M.D., FACP, Health Officer County of Santa Barbara, Department of Public Health
Fall is here, and you and your family may be looking forward to scheduling visits to the pumpkin patch or enjoying fall festivals and Halloween parties.
To make sure you all stay safe, here are a few recommendations as you head out to celebrate.
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- The safest events for you and your family this autumn are ones that are outdoors where social distancing is possible.
- Fun fall activities such as visiting a pumpkin patch, going apple picking and other outdoor events pose a lower risk for you and your family, however keeping a safe distance from others and having a mask handy if the event becomes crowded are excellent precautions. Avoid crowded, poorly ventilated spaces.
- Protect those not yet eligible for vaccination such as young children by getting yourself and other eligible people around them vaccinated.
- Wear well-fitting masks over your nose and mouth if you are in public indoor settings. Even those who are fully vaccinated should wear a mask in public indoor settings in communities with substantial to high transmission.
- If you are sick or have symptoms, don’t host or attend a gathering.
- Get tested if you have symptoms of COVID-19 or have a close contact with someone who has COVID-19.
COVID-19 vaccinations are recommended for those 12 years of age and older. To find a vaccination location near you, please visit: https://publichealthsbc.org/vaccine/.