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Posted on: November 16, 2020

Thanksgiving During a Pandemic

Thanksgiving during a pandemic

Thanksgiving is traditionally a time of gathering together with family and friends. A time to reflect on everything we are grateful for. Often it also means traveling to see loved ones who live miles away. However, as with almost every holiday during the COVID pandemic, Thanksgiving will look a little different this year. While you might not be able to do all of your typical traditions, you can modify them or even start new ones. How do you have a safe holiday? The CDC has issued some tips and guidance on how to celebrate the holidays safely. The safest and lowest risk options are having a small dinner with only those in your household or having a virtual dinner with family and friends who do not live with you. Another option is to cook and deliver some of your favorite dishes to family and neighbors. Be sure to leave these gifts on the porch to minimize the risk of infection through "no contact delivery". If you wish to celebrate with family and friends from outside of your household, having a small outdoor dinner is safer than a dinner indoors. While it still has more risks than a dinner with just those who live in your home, it is safer than having a large gathering, especially one indoors. Hanging out in large groups indoors comes with the most risk and is not recommended.

Of course, Black Friday has become a well-known shopping day, or entire weekend of stores having great sales, and now goes hand in hand with the Thanksgiving holiday. This year many retailers are changing how they will be handling their Black Friday sales. While these retailers are putting health and safety procedures in place, it is important to remember there will still be risks with shopping in person. If you are wanting to take part in the deals that come on Black Friday, try to do so by shopping online.

If you are hosting or attending a Thanksgiving gathering:

  • Attend or host events outside (if hosting or attending an event that’s inside, avoid crowded areas with poor airflow, or fully enclosed indoor spaces)
  • Keep yourself (and guests) informed about the latest COVID-19 safety guidelines
  • Have supplies on hand such as masks, hand sanitizers that contain at least 60% alcohol, and tissues
  • If hosting, only host people living in the same city or county
  • If hosting, limit the number of guests

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