The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention updated its guidance on large gatherings to include celebrating Mardi Gras, underscoring that the safest way to celebrate is virtual or with those you live with.
“Attending large gatherings like Mardi Gras increases your risk of getting and spreading Covid-19,” the CDC said. “The safest way to celebrate Mardi Gras this year is to gather virtually, with people who live with you, or outside and at least 6 feet apart from others.”
For those who celebrate with others, the agency reiterated that outdoors is safer than indoors.
CDC suggested that those who host either an indoor or outdoor Mardi Gras party make sure that people have enough space to stay six feet apart from each other, and wear appropriate masks.
“A costume mask is not a replacement for cloth and other masks that prevent the spread of Covid-19,” CDC said.
Mardi Gras falls on Tuesday 16 February this year.