How to Celebrate the Spring Holidays Safely With Your Family

Suppose there are two healthy families of four. If the children are not vaccinated in any household but all the adults are vaccinated, you can consider inviting people out while the windows are open and everyone is wearing masks, said Dr. Asaf Bitton, a family doctor who runs a public health research laboratory at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston. If the children were not vaccinated in any household and only a group of adults were vaccinated, he and other experts said meeting outdoors with masks and distancing would be safest.

You may also be wondering if your unvaccinated kids can finally get a hug and kiss from their healthy, vaccinated grandma. Experts differed on this issue. But in general, a hug or kiss is probably okay if everyone is healthy and you want to take some risk.

“The likelihood that my child will transmit a virus that will cause serious illnesses to my vaccinated parents is very, very small,” said Dr. Barocas.

It is also unlikely that a vaccinated adult will transmit the virus to a child. However, the experts advised doing what feels right for you and your family.

“I think anyone attending this visit needs to understand that we are balancing risks and benefits,” said Dr. Adam Ratner, director of the Department of Pediatric Infectious Diseases at NYU Langone’s Hassenfeld Children’s Hospital. But, he added, when the grandparents are vaccinated, “I hug and kiss.”

Jennifer Rogers, 46, a Philadelphia lawyer, said her husband and two children, 8 and 11, will celebrate Easter by visiting their parents’ home for several hours. You are planning an outdoor Easter egg hunt and you hit a piñata shaped like a coronavirus. But the children to whom Mrs. Rogers’ sister and her sister’s son will come will all wear masks. Ms. Rogers and her husband are both vaccinated, but they plan to wear masks as well, as their family will recently have returned from a vacation in Florida.

“It still feels like a loss, like it’s not the same as it used to be,” said Ms. Rogers, whose family usually stays with their parents during the holidays.

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