Distance doesn't have to stop tradition

Staying Safe During the Holidays

By George “Bud” Scholl, Mayor

(November 30, 2020) – The year may be winding down, but unfortunately, the pandemic is stronger than ever. Across the country, states are experiencing a hard-hit winter resurgence and the reality of the situation is that we could be in this until 2022. But we are all in this together. We will keep moving forward while ensuring the safety of our community during the holidays.

We should all carefully consider our holiday plans this year. Keeping your family safe is the most important consideration, and that might mean adjusting your holiday traditions. Evaluate your risks of traveling, hosting extended family and friends, or attending a large gathering. We are fortunate that our winter weather is still beautiful, which means we can continue to get outdoors. If you do plan on gathering with family or friends this holiday season, try to hold your celebrations outside in the fresh air with less risk of transmission. There are many ways we can connect with loved ones while still staying safe.

Our personal behavior is what will help thwart this virus, and that means adhering to our new normal. Making sure you have your mask and hand sanitizer before leaving the house. Being extra careful about washing your hands after touching public surfaces. Maintaining a safe distance when speaking with your neighbors. And limiting interactions with those outside of your own household.

We’ve seen the rising numbers and that is all the more reason to adhere to the recommended safety guidelines. If not for yourself, follow the protocols for your children, parents, grandparents, and siblings. We still have a long road ahead of us and we will have to continue to put in the work. Know that your city government is taking all of the necessary steps and adjustments to help protect our community. But we cannot do it alone. If everyone follows the health and safety guidelines while taking extra precautions this winter, we will keep Sunny Isles Beach safe. Thank you and Happy Holidays.