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CDC, State Officials Offer Tips for Healthy Labor Day

September 03, 2021

As we approach the Labor Day holiday weekend, public health officials across the nation are offering important safety tips to ensure a happy, healthy holiday. 

The COVID-19 pandemic and the remnants of Hurricane Ida have added another layer of concern this year, as state and public health leaders urge people to take the proper health and safety precautions.

“If gathering with family and friends, remember that spending time outside with others who are vaccinated will help to prevent transmission,” Dr. Rochelle Walensky, director for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), said this week. “Throughout the pandemic, we have seen that the vast majority of transmission takes place among unvaccinated people in closed, indoor settings.”

Here are few safety considerations as we approach Labor Day:

  • Outdoor gatherings:  If you’re gathering with family and friends, make plans to spend time in outdoor spaces to limit the spread of the virus
  • Travel considerations:  The CDC is not recommending travel for people who have not been fully vaccinated and that for people who are fully vaccinated to wear masks when they travel. Be aware of the rate of community transmission when you move from one community to another
  • Storm damage:  The remnants of Hurricane Ida have left significant flood and infrastructure damage this week. Never walk or drive through standing water or past emergency barricades. Online resources are available to provide the latest updates and road closures in your community  

“As Labor Day weekend is a popular time for travel and celebrating, PennDOT is urging drivers to plan ahead and designate a sober driver if they are planning to drink,” said PennDOT District 11 Safety Press Officer Yasmeen Manyisha in a statement. “Also, please remember to buckle up. A seat belt is your first line of defense against an impaired driver.”

The CDC recommends these additional steps to make your holiday celebration safer:

  • Have conversations ahead of time to understand expectations for celebrating together
  • Know when to wear a mask
  • Do not attend or host a gathering if you are sick or have symptoms of COVID-19
  • If celebrating indoors, open windows and doors to improve ventilation

HAP joins organizations across the nation urging people to stay safe and to have a wonderful Labor Day holiday weekend. Additional information about holiday travel is available online.