Celebrating Thanksgiving COVID Style

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Celebrating Thanksgiving COVID Style
Traditional Thanksgiving celebrations with family and friends are fun but can increase the chances of getting or spreading COVID-19. Although most of us enjoy a large gathering, the safest way to celebrate this year is with only people in your household. If you plan to spend Thanksgiving with others, be sure to take steps to make your celebration safer.
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! 



  • Liz

    My parents and I always do Thanksgiving together (they live about 30-40 minutes away) but this year will definitely be different … I am not invited to sleep over (same for Xmas). Kinda sad about it but I know some people who haven’t been able to see their family at all, so I guess I do have it better than some people. Not sure yet what we are doing for food. I visit them once a week to watch Netflix / eat dinner and we keep masks on at all times unless eating (and then, we spread out 6′ apart).

  • We’re staying home this year with just our immediate family. The kids are excited to watch the parade, and I’m sure we’ll zoom with family. Did you hear zoom isn’t limiting call times (apparently they usually do?) for Thanksgiving? I thought that was nice 🙂

  • Tina Louise

    My husband and I are having Thanksgiving alone this year. We usually have some friends over but we are both compromised and don’t get our boosters until next week. We will zoom with family and watch the parade together.

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