HARTFORD, Conn. (WTNH) — From events to gatherings to church services, Easter will once again look different this year because of the pandemic.
Ahead of the holiday, the CDC released new guidance to make sure everyone celebrates safely. With more and more people getting vaccinated, the CDC has eased some of their previous guidance.
The CDC is encouraging everyone to celebrate Easter with the people they live with virtually or outside, staying six feet apart. However, the CDC did say if you are fully vaccinated, you can gather safely with other fully vaccinated people without wearing a mask.
But, precautions should remain in place when visiting an unvaccinated person, especially those at increased risk.
At Trinity Lutheran Church in Vernon, Sunday morning’s service will be held outside.
Pastor Tim Oslovich told News 8, “We decided that we would rather go with a service with as many people as possible — and as safely as possible — rather than 40 people, socially distanced, inside the building, and some people not able to attend.”
People can stay in their cars or stand in the parking lot or on the lawn.
“That way, the people who want to and are able to come, and those who can’t do that will still be part of the community,” Oslovich said.
But, communities are still finding ways to bring people together. The Meriden Parks and Rec put on an “Eggstra” special Easter celebration on the Meriden Green Saturday.
“Everyone that’s attended has been so grateful and following all the rules/regulations and they’re understanding,” said Kathy Matula, the Recreation Coordinator for the City of Meriden.
The Chief of Infectious Diseases at UConn Health said it’s “imperative” to think about everyone’s vaccination status and plan accordingly.
These are the tips he says can help reduce risk:
- Wear masks around the house
- Open windows to allow circulation
- Eat in different places, based on family unit
Click here for more details on the new CDC guidance.