The best way to protect your friends and family from COVID-19 is for everyone who is eligible to be vaccinated. If you are not fully vaccinated, or if you are fully vaccinated in an area of high COVID transmission, additional precautions are necessary when visiting with people outside of your household.
If you and your friends and family are fully vaccinated you do not need to test or quarantine before visiting with one another. However if you are coming from or traveling to an area where COVID-19 transmission is high, you should consider spending time together outdoors and wearing masks and physically distancing indoors. This is because vaccinated individuals may still be infected and spread COVID even though protected from severe disease.
If you and your friends and family are not fully vaccinated, get a COVID test approximately 3 days before seeing one another, and isolate while awaiting test results and before seeing them. Even if you test negative, it is not a guarantee that you don’t have COVID. It is still necessary that you follow all precautions: everyone should wear a well-fitting mask and maintain at least 6 feet of distance from one another. It is strongly recommended that you spend time together outdoors instead of gathering indoors if possible.
If you or your friends or family are experiencing symptoms of COVID-19, you should postpone your visit and get a COVID test.
Learn more about COVID tests from the CDC