With a new wave of COVID-19 sweeping the nation and concerning trends here in Illinois, Governor JB Pritzker launched a new awareness campaign today to encourage residents to take safety precautions throughout the upcoming holiday season to protect themselves and their families — and ultimately save lives.
The Illinois Department of Public Health is recommending that residents stay home as much as possible and only leave for essential activities. To provide safer ways to celebrate, ‘Healthy Holidays to You’ highlights what doctors and scientists consider top methods to reduce your risk of contracting or spreading the virus: limiting gatherings to your immediate family or keeping them virtual, maintaining 6 feet of distance from others and wearing a mask, whether you’re indoors or out.
“Ahead of the holiday season, IDPH has provided recommendations for keeping you and your family safe from the virus,” said Governor JB Pritzker. “We are making every effort to remind people what epidemiologists and other infectious disease specialists say are the best ways to reduce the risk of contracting COVID-19. Traditions are so important to all of us – but this year we all need to celebrate a bit differently.”
“This year’s holiday season is going to be difficult and challenging for many of us,” said IDPH Director Dr. Ngozi Ezike. “This campaign was designed to emphasize the importance of making safer decisions and checking in on loved ones during this time in order to stay safe and strong for each other.”
Developed by Illinois-based ad agency O’Keefe Reinhard & Paul, the holiday campaign pays tribute to beloved holiday songs and traditions with its suggestions for safe practices throughout the season. “Over the wifi and through the zoom to grandmother’s house we go” and “if you’re going to jingle, jingle six feet apart” are a couple of the light-hearted advisories with serious messages that the television spots and billboards will feature across the state. The scenarios brought to life in the campaign demonstrate proven ways to reduce the risk of spreading the virus, according to Illinois Department of Public Health epidemiologists and researchers modeling COVID-19 in Illinois.
The campaign will reach Illinoisans statewide in both English and Spanish through a variety of traditional and online media channels, including cable, broadcast and connected TV; streaming audio and radio; billboards and bus shelters; digital display and video; print and social media. Like other coronavirus-related expenses, costs are reimbursable by the federal government.
Those who will abide by it have already been doing so.
Those who think this is either some grand conspiracy or only affects the elderly will ignore it citing their constitutional right to gorge on complex carbohydrates and trans fats.
Needs to be said but agreed sounds like a weird movie trailer- times are tough, chaos everywhere, the world on edge only one man can save us Ryan Gossling staring in Thanksgiving the Aftermath, cameos by the Rock, Jennifer Hudson Justin Bieber and Selena Gomez
Those people already are, and have been for months.
This was simply a public service reminder.
Pritzker, IDPH, health care providers know they aren’t reaching anyone new. Simply doing the basics until a vaccine.
- Boone's is Back - Friday, Nov 13, 20 @ 11:18 am:
Put the money towards our debt.
- illinois_citizen - Friday, Nov 13, 20 @ 11:25 am:
Pritzker, IDPH, health care providers know they aren’t reaching anyone new. - Then don’t do anything the people already following guidelines do not need a reminder. At least make an attempt to convince the non-believers.
I appreciate the effort, but at a time when the Governor is saying, “what will it take to make this real for you?” I would think they could have come up with something about 1000x more hard hitting and therefore impactful that Saturday Morning Cartoons.