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How to stay safe

Plan ahead: how safe is this?

Make a plan to limit your risk of getting COVID-19

Some activities are more risky than others. Here are guidelines and risk levels to help you and your loved ones plan and stay safe from COVID-19.

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  1. Wear a mask when you leave the house or spend time with anyone you don’t live with, indoors and out.

  2. Stay 6 feet apart from each other.

  3. Connect with your loved ones digitally or over the phone.

  4. Meet outdoors whenever possible and keep groups small.

  5. Wash your hands as often as you can.

  6. Disinfect surfaces that are touched often -- door knobs, car doors, steering wheels and phones.

  7. Assign one person to go to the grocery store no more than once per week.

  8. Know the symptoms of COVID-19 and the phone number of a health care provider or community health worker you can call if someone gets sick. If you don’t have a health care provider, call 211.

  9. Make a plan so that if someone at home does get sick, they can be isolated as much as possible until they recover.

Risk levels:


  • Staying home

  • Spending time with people you live with

  • Spending time outdoors by yourself


  • Spending time with people in your bubble* wearing masks and staying 6 feet apart

  • Spending time outdoors wearing masks and staying 6 feet apart


  • Not wearing masks in public and not staying 6 feet apart

  • Spending time with people you don’t live with or outside your bubble

  • Spending time with people indoors with no fresh air

*What’s a bubble?

A group of no more than six people who don’t live with you, from no more than two different households.