Safely Celebrate July 4th

A staycation in the backyard, on the porch or family room for July 4th may be just what the doctor ordered…

Reprinted from the SANTA CLARA COUNTY HEALTH Emergency Operations Center

Bay Area Residents Urged to Stay Home, Stay Safe from COVID-19 on the Fourth of July

July 2, 2020

With COVID-19 spreading rapidly in many Bay Area neighborhoods, health officials across the region urge residents to protect themselves and the community by celebrating from home this holiday weekend.

The Fourth of July is traditionally a time for firework displays, cookouts and parades, but this year the COVID-19 pandemic has forced many communities to cancel public events. Gatherings with others from outside your household, such as members of the extended family, are potentially risky.

Health officers from across the greater Bay Area say staying home this year is a healthy choice.

You can spread COVID-19 even if you don’t feel that sick. You can pass the disease to someone else before you have symptoms, and even if you never develop any symptoms at all. When people who have contracted the infection come in contact with high-risk people, there can be deadly consequences.

That is why Bay Area health officers recommend people who are not members of the same household remain physically distant. The best ways to protect yourself and slow the spread of COVID-19 include:

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  • Continuing to stay home as much as possible
  • Practicing physical distancing outside the home
  • Wearing face coverings or masks when outside your home
  • Avoiding gatherings with people outside your immediate household
  • Washing your hands thoroughly and frequently
  • Staying home from work or school if you feel sick

All Bay Area residents are also encouraged to get tested for COVID-19, and to do so immediately if they have symptoms. Check with your local health department for more information about testing and about efforts in your community to fight the COVID-19 pandemic. For more information, please visit

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For some alternative fun and creative ways to celebrate July 4th from home, follow the link to the NY Times recent article “Honor America’s Birthday (Safely) in 2020” to explore a variety of offerings across the USA.

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