Celebrating Thanksgiving COVID Style
If attending or hosting a gathering
- Keep gatherings small or celebrate with family only.
- Consider having people bring their own food, beverages, and paper goods.
- Use paper plates and plastic utensils for easy disposal and less contact.
- Use single-use condiment packets and dressings.
- Eat outside (weather permitting) or open windows for ventilation.
- Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces.
- Limit the number of people in the kitchen.
Wear a mask
- Although a mask can be uncomfortable, it can help stop the spread of germs.
- Consider wearing a mask when not eating.
Keep a safe distance
- Try to stay at least 6 feet away from others.
- Social distance within the house even when eating.
- Avoid playing games that involve close contact and shared touching of items.
Wash your hands
- Wash hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
- Use hand sanitizer when you aren’t able to wash.
Consider a virtual Thanksgiving celebration
- Schedule a time to share a meal together through Zoom.
- Call family and friends or visit virtually through Facetime or Zoom.
- Watch the Macy’s Day Parade together.
- Find games that can be played virtually. Some examples are Yahtzee, trivia, charades, pictionary.
Whatever your plans for Thanksgiving, we sure to take precautions. As we know, this virus is tricky and many people can have it without symptoms. Try to make the best of the holiday in a safe way! That might mean giving up a day with friends or family while saving the life of a loved one. Take care, stay safe, and have a good holiday!