Spread Joy, Not COVID
Source: Santa Barbara County Public Health Department
Get Vaccinated, Including a Booster Shot if You’re Eligible
Vaccines are the best way to end the pandemic and they prevent COVID-19 illness, hospitalization and death. They’re safe, effective and free. Learn more about COVID-19 vaccines and visit MyTurn.ca.gov to get vaccinated.
Stay Home if You’re Sick
Get Tested Before and After Traveling or Gathering for the Holidays
Know Before You Go. Get tested 1-3 days before a family gathering, or prior to any travel, even if you have no symptoms. Antigen testing should be done 24 hours prior to a gathering or travel. PCR testing should be done within 72 hours – with results available prior to a gathering or travel. There are no out-of-pocket costs to get tested. Visit a state testing site or call (833) 422-4255. Learn more about types of COVID tests.
Know When You Return. Test upon returning from the holidays. Test again 3-5 days later.
Also Consider the Following:
• Take precautions if some in your group are unvaccinated (e.g., wear masks, socialize outdoors, keep gatherings short).
• Be sure to wear a good mask, that fits well. N95 and KN95 or surgical masks do the best job filtering out viruses and particles.
• Gather outside or increase airflow in indoor spaces. Read our ventilation fact sheet.
• Activate CA Notify (California’s COVID-19 exposure notification system) on your smartphone. Ask your guests to do the same.