With coronavirus cases on the rise throughout the country, big family gatherings are risky as the CDC issues Thanksgiving Guidelines.
The CDC asks people to consider how holiday plans can be modified to reduce the spread of COVID-19 to keep everyone as safe as possible. As noted at the beginning of their guidelines, the recommendations supplement local restrictions already in place, not replace.
The CDC begins its recommendations by saying that celebrating virtually or with household members is the best way to celebrate Thanksgiving this year. A household, as defined by the CDC, is anyone who lives and shares common spaces in your housing unit. People who currently don’t live in that unit, such as children away at college or boarding school, are not considered part of the family unit. Take into consideration the number of cases in the area when planning to gather, especially when determining who and how many people will be at a Thanksgiving dinner.
If possible, meeting outside is safer than inside when it comes to slowing the spread of the virus. That is due to the ventilation or lack thereof with inside spaces. The CDC says to encourage guests to bring food and drinks for themselves and to avoid potluck-style gatherings common for Thanksgiving dinners.
Not just Thanksgiving, but all holiday celebrations for the foreseeable future might look different from what they used to be pre-pandemic. Until a vaccine is readily available to the public, ensuring safe gatherings, the CDC will recommend safe social distancing measures. While it may be an annoyance to not meet as usual for Thanksgiving, it could be for the betterment of everyone if people who are at risk stay home and avoid contact with others.
Stay safe this holiday season, and make sure you do what is best for your family to keep them safe.
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