Making Thanksgiving Safer

The most simple way to be healthy this holiday season is to celebrate only with the people who live with you already.

Traditional Thanksgiving gatherings with family and friends can be fun but can increase the chances of getting or spreading COVID-19. Here are a few tips to make Thanksgiving safer.

  • Wear a mask made of at least 2 layers of material and wear it over your mouth and nose and secured under your chin
  • Stay at least 6 feet away from others who do not live with you
  • Wash your hands with soap for at least 20 seconds or use hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol

If you are attending a gathering consider:

  • Bring your own food, drinks, plates, cups and utensils
  • Wear your mask and take it off only while eating or drinking
  • Avoid going in and out of the areas of food preparation
  • Use single-use options and disposable items to reduce the risk of contamination

If you are hosting a gathering:

  • Have a small outdoor meal with family and friends who live in your community
  • If celebrating indoors, open windows
  • Limit the number of people in the food preparation area
  • Have guests bring their own food and drink
  • If sharing food, use single use or disposable items
  • Clean and disinfect frequently
  • Limit the number of guests

If you are traveling:

  • Wear a mask in any public setting or on public transportation
  • Stay at least 6 feet apart from anyone not in your household
  • Wash your hands often
  • Avoid touching your mask, eyes, nose and mouth
  • Bring extra supplies such as masks and hand sanitizer
  • Check for any travel restrictions before you go
  • Get your flu shot before you travel

Consider other options:

  • Host a virtual Thanksgiving meal with those who do not live with you
  • Watch television and play games with people in your household
  • Do your online holiday shopping
  • Safely prepare traditional dishes and deliver them to family and neighbors in a non-contact way
  • Participate in a gratitude activity sharing those things you are grateful for and sharing with others

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