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7 Steps to a Safer Thanksgiving During COVID-19 Pandemic

Thanksgiving is usually spent around the table with family and friends. But this year is different. The best way to stay safe this Thanksgiving is to limit your gathering to household members.

If you choose to celebrate with those outside your household, it’s important to take extra steps to help prevent the spread of COVID-19.

Limit the number of guests. The more who gather, the more likely it is that someone will have the virus.

1. Limit the number of guests.

The more who gather, the more likely it is that someone will have the virus.

Reduce the time you spend together. The longer you interact, the greater the risk of transmitting the virus.

2. Reduce the time you spend together.

The longer you interact, the greater the risk of transmitting the virus.

Stay outside as much as possible. If weather permits, hold the gathering outdoors. When inside, make sure there is good air flow. Open windows and set the fan on your thermostat to the On setting.

3. Stay outside as much as possible.

If weather permits, hold the gathering outdoors. When inside, make sure there is good air flow. Open windows and set the fan on your thermostat to the On setting.

Plan for social distancing. Make sure there is plenty of space for people to keep a physical distance of at least 6 feet.

4. Plan for social distancing.

Make sure there is plenty of space for people to keep a physical distance of at least 6 feet.

Wear a mask when not eating or drinking. When worn correctly, a face mask is one of the best ways to lower your risk of catching or spreading the virus.

5. Wear a mask when not eating or drinking.

When worn correctly, a face mask is one of the best ways to lower your risk of catching or spreading the virus.

Clean hands often. Use hand sanitizer or wash hands with soap and water. Use disposable paper towels to dry hands.

6. Clean hands often.

Use hand sanitizer or wash hands with soap and water. Use disposable paper towels to dry hands.

Avoid high-risk activities. Eating, drinking, singing, shouting, hugging – all increase the potential spread of the virus. Remind guests to do their part to protect themselves and others.

7. Avoid high-risk activities.

Eating, drinking, singing, shouting, hugging – all increase the potential spread of the virus. Remind guests to do their part to protect themselves and others.

When in doubt, stay home. If you have symptoms or think you might have been exposed to the virus, do not travel or attend events. If you host a gathering, offer a virtual option for those who can’t attend in person.

These steps will make your celebration safer, but they will not remove the risk to spread the virus. Be safe and protect those you love.

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Reviewed: November 2020