Families will need to adjust their plans for Easter and Passover this year and continue to follow the coronavirus outbreak restrictions.

Easter is this Sunday, April 12th and Passover begins tomorrow April 6 through April 16th and with these highly observed holidays coming up, families will need to adjust their activities, church services, and family gatherings.

At this point in time, it is crucial that we continue to follow the CDC’s safety guidelines and that we all take responsibility for helping to slow the spread of COVID-19 and we can do this by simply staying at home and avoiding all non-essential travel.

Yes, I realize that these holidays hold deep spiritual meaning for many but now is not the time to invite family members over to host any type of gathering, public or private outside a single household or living unit.

Obviously, planning a big get together with friends and family violates social distancing and gathering guidelines so your family might consider FaceTime, Skype, or Zoom to celebrate together in a healthier and safer way.

For Easter Sunday services – many churches are offering mass online or via local television networks.

As far as an Easter hunt is concerned, you can hide those eggs all over your immediate surroundings but finding eggs during this buying frenzy is a whole other story.

Creativity is the key – maybe this year the whole family can participate in making dinner together or try to spend some time reflecting the holiday(s) while others with young kids can fashion their own homemade easter baskets or bake a cake and have a birthday party celebrating the Easter Bunny. Sometimes the simplest of ideas can create long-lasting memories.

Whatever you decide to do just remember that the message remains the same - No matter the religious holiday, everyone’s safety is the main concern so please continue to Stay Home, Stay Safe, and Stay Healthy.