Along with so many other parts of our normal routines, the pandemic has forced us to scrap our usual holiday shopping plans to ensure we stay safe and don’t put ourselves or others at unnecessary risk.
But staying indoors and ordering everyone from big-box retailers online isn’t the solution. We can responsibly follow COVID precautions while still supporting our favorite local businesses this holiday season.
The holidays are one of the most important times for local stores, so it’s more important than ever that we support them when we can. Here are a few things to keep in mind before you head out to your favorite local spot to snag gifts for everyone on your list.
Before you venture out of your home, be sure to check out the most up-to-date information on current rules and regulations, testing, resources and guidance on how to be safe during the holiday season.
As much as you can, support your local businesses by shopping online from your home. Many Snohomish County businesses have online shops to order their products, which decreases in-person contact and supports our local economy. Many restaurants also have online ordering options, which makes it easy and convenient to order in your favorite local comfort food.
Since the early days of the pandemic, there has been scientific consensus that wearing a face mask protects others if you happen to be COVID positive. But the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recently confirmed that mask-wearing also provides the wearer protection from infection. It’s simple but impactful: wear a mask every time you leave your home, no matter where you go or who you’re near. And don’t forget the right way to do it.
Shopping online limits our in-person interactions with others, and wearing a mask offers important protection against spreading the virus. But it is still essential to practice physical distancing of at least six feet from anyone not in your household. Check out this helpful video from the CDC on key times to practice physical distancing.