Making Thanksgiving Safe Without Missing People Too Much

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Gourds and fruitThanksgiving starts off the holiday season for many of us. It can be full of family and friends gathering together and with this time of COVID-19 and the start of the Flu season, these gatherings can pose more of a risk this year than other years. My parents have been taking precautions since the start of COVID-19. They are in their 80’s and this year we won’t be doing our usual Thanksgiving dinner because we are protecting them from possible infection from one of us. This feels off and it will be hard so we are looking at some of the tips below for ideas on ways to celebrate while keeping the risk of spreading or catching COVID-19 lower.

Lowest risk activities

  • Having a small dinner with only people who live in your household.
  • Preparing traditional family recipes for family and neighbors, especially those at higher risk of severe illness from COVID-19, and delivering them in a way that doesn’t involve contact with others.
  • Tips for Sharing Food with Others
  • Tips for Receiving Food from Others
  • Having a virtual dinner and sharing recipes with friends and family. We are planning a virtual blessing that we all will have a part in.
  • Shopping online rather than in person on the day after Thanksgiving or the next Monday.
  • 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.
  • Visiting pumpkin patches or orchards where people use hand sanitizer before touching pumpkins or picking apples, wearing masks is encouraged or enforced, and people are able to maintain social distancing.
  • Attending a small outdoor sports events with safety precautions in place.

Higher risk activities

Avoid these higher-risk activities to help prevent the spread of the virus that causes COVID-19:

  • Going shopping in crowded stores just before, on, or after Thanksgiving
  • Participating or being a spectator at a crowded race
  • Attending crowded parades
  • Attending large indoor gatherings with people from outside of your household

Throughout the season, look for tips and ideas for making this a safe and joyful holiday season. Some of our regular tips but also some new ones specific to keeping healthy during this 2020 season. We will post on our Facebook page and Twitter each week.