ORLANDO, Fla. – The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is asking families, despite the temptation to do otherwise, to keep COVID-19 precautions in mind when celebrating Thanksgiving this year.
The agency recognizes after a mostly socially distant and unprecedented year, families will want to gather around the table and partake in the holiday surrounding gratitude.
To help avoid the spread of coronavirus the CDC has separated its guidance into three sections: low-risk activities, moderate risk activities and high-risk activities. Families need to determine the health risks of those they plan to celebrate with and consider activities that would suit the makeup of their families and consider the need for travel in the interest of keeping their loved ones safe.
- KEEP IT SMALL: Have an intimate dinner with only people who live in your household.
- DON’T FORGET HIGH-RISK INDIVIDUALS: Prepare traditional family recipes for family and neighbors, especially those at higher risk of severe illness from COVID-19, and deliver them in a way that doesn’t involve contact with others.
- GO VIRTUAL: Have a virtual dinner and share recipes with friends and family.
- BLACK FRIDAY: Shop online rather than in person on the day after Thanksgiving.
- CHEER FROM HOME: Watch sports events, parades, and movies from home
Moderate risk activities
- EAT OUTSIDE: Have a small outdoor dinner with family and friends who live in your community. Lower your risk by following CDC’s recommendations on hosting gatherings or cook-outs.
- GET A FEEL FOR FALL: Visit pumpkin patches or orchards. Use hand sanitizer before touching pumpkins or picking apples, wear masks and make sure people are able to maintain social distancing.
- GET ACTIVE: Attend small outdoor sports events with safety precautions in place or consider playing games outside.
The CDC warns to avoid these higher-risk activities to help prevent the spread of the virus that causes COVID-19.
- BE CAREFUL WHEN YOU SHOP: Avoid going shopping in crowded stores just before, on, or after Thanksgiving. Consider ordering groceries or goods for pick up or delivery as stores will be busy this time of year.
- BEING A SPECTATOR: Be wary of participating or being a fan in the stands at a crowded race or sporting event.
- AVOID CROWDS: Being cognizant of remaining social distance from people and consider avoid attending crowded parades.
- USE BETTER JUDGEMENT: The CDC says to avoid using alcohol or drugs, which can cloud judgment and increase risky behaviors.
- KEEP IT INTIMATE: Avoid attending large indoor gatherings with people from outside of your household. This could mitigate exposure to COVID-19.