Happy Thanksgiving 2020

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Traditional Thanksgiving gatherings with family and friends are fun but can increase the chances of getting or spreading COVID-19 or the flu. Follow these tips to make your Thanksgiving holiday safer.

Consider Other Thanksgiving Activities

Host a virtual Thanksgiving meal with friends and family who don’t live with you. Schedule a time to share a meal together virtually. Have people share recipes and show their turkey, dressing, or other dishes they prepared.

Dinner Drop-off. Safely prepare traditional dishes and deliver them to family and neighbors in a way that does not involve contact with others.

Watch television and play games with people in your household. Watch Thanksgiving Day parades, sports, and movies at home. Find a fun game to play.

Online Shopping. Shop online sales the day after Thanksgiving and days leading up to the winter holidays. Use contactless services for purchased items, like curbside pick-up. Shop in open-air markets staying 6 feet away from others.

The safest way to celebrate Thanksgiving this year is to celebrate with people in your household. If you do plan to spend Thanksgiving with people outside your household, take steps to make your celebration safer.

Everyone Can Make Thanksgiving Safer by Wearing Masks.

  • Wear a mask with two or more layers to stop the spread of COVID-19.
  • Wear the mask over your nose and mouth and secure it under your chin.
  • Make sure the mask fits snugly against the sides of your face.

Stay at Least 6 Feet Away from Others Who Do Not Live With You.

  • Remember that some people without symptoms may be able to spread COVID-19 or flu.
  • Keeping 6 feet (about 2 arm lengths) from others is especially important for people who are at higher risk of getting very sick.

Wash Your Hands

  • Wash hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
  • Keep hand sanitizer (at least 60% alcohol) with you and use it when you are unable to wash your hands.

If you are Hosting a Thanksgiving Gathering or Attending a Gathering Make your Celebration Safer by following these steps:

  • 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.

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

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