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Thanksgiving updates regarding COVID-19

Natalie Claude-Banks, Press Release Editor


Thanksgiving can be a wonderful time of year. A time for family, a time for tradition and a time for family members to reunite. But, of course, there is a pandemic in the midst of us.


Thanksgiving Traveling :

The CDC suggests people should not travel for Thanksgiving because it is usually the busiest week for travel in the U.S. Last year, an estimated 26 million people traveled for this holiday. “It is not a requirement. It is a recommendation for the American public to consider,” Dr. Henry Walke, CDC’s COVID-19 incident manager, stated. If you’re planning on traveling for the holidays, here’s some questions to ask yourself:

  • “Are you, someone in your household, or someone you will be visiting at increased risk for getting very sick from COVID-19?”

  • “During the 14 days before your travel, have you or those you are visiting had close contact with people they don’t live with?”

  • “Do your plans include traveling by bus, train, or air which might make staying 6 feet apart difficult?”


Celebrating Thanksgiving :

The CDC recommends gathering virtually or with the people you live with is the best way to stay safe next week. In planning a gathering, here are some ways to take precautions.


  • Bring your own food, drinks, plates, cups, utensils, etc.

  • Have a mask handy or wear it when you’re not eating.

  • Avoid going in and out of areas where food is being prepared and served, such as the kitchen.

  • Use single-use items and utensils such as salad dressing and condiment packs, and disposables such as plastic containers, plates, and utensils.

  • Have an outdoor meal.

  • Limit the number of guests.

  • Clean and disinfect areas that have been exposed to others.


Low risk activities :

  • Having a small dinner with only the people that live in your household

  • Having a virtual dinner and sharing recipes with friends and family

  • Shopping online rather than in person

  • Watching sports events, parades, and movies from home


Moderate risk activities :

  • Having a small outdoor dinner with family and friends who live in your community

  • Attending small outdoor events with safety precautions


High risk activities :

  • Going shopping in crowded stores just before, on, or after Thanksgiving

  • Participating or being a spectator at crowded events

  • Attending large indoor gatherings with people from outside your household