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Celebrating Thanksgiving Safely

CDC has updated guidance for celebrating Thanksgiving. As cases continue to increase rapidly across the United States, the safest way to celebrate Thanksgiving is to celebrate at home with the people you live with. Gatherings with family and friends who do not live with you can increase the chances of getting or spreading COVID-19 or the flu.


Everyone can make Thanksgiving safer

  • Wear a mask when with extended family, outside of your immediate household
  • Stay at least 6 feet away from others who do not live with you
  • Wash your hands often

Hosting a Thanksgiving Gathering

If having guests to your home, be sure that people follow the steps that everyone can take to make Thanksgiving safer. Other steps you can take include:

  • Have a small outdoor meal with family and friends who live in your community.
  • Limit the number of guests.
  • Have conversations with guests ahead of time to set expectations for celebrating together.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces and items between use.
  • If celebrating indoors, make sure to open windows.
  • Limit the number of people in food preparation areas.
  • Have guests bring their own food and drink.
  • If sharing food, have one person serve food and use single-use options, like plastic utensils.

Thanksgiving Travel
Travel increases your chance of getting and spreading COVID-19. Staying home is the best way to protect yourself and others.

(From the Center for Disease Control’s website)