CDC Issues Coronavirus Thanksgiving Guidance

Thanksgiving is a time when many families travel long distances to celebrate together. Travel increases the chance of getting and spreading the virus that causes COVID-19. Staying home is the best way to protect yourself and others.

If you must travel, be informed of the risks involved.

Celebrating virtually or with members of your own household poses the lowest risk for spread. In-person gatherings that bring together family members or friends from different households, pose varying levels of risk.

  • The following people should not attend in-person holiday gatherings:
  • Considerations for Hosting or Attending a Gathering:
    • Check the COVID-19 infections rates, limit the number of attendees, host outdoors, have proper ventilation, social distance, wear masks, encourage guests to wash hands frequently , provide or encourage guests to bring hand sanitizer and masks, limit contact with commonly touched surfaces, clean and disinfect all surfaces and areas.
  • Food and Drinks at Small Holiday Gatherings:
    • Encourage guests to bring their own food for their own household and avoid potluck serving.
    • Ensure safe and sanitary preparation and serving of food and cleaning of dishes afterward.
    • Avoid crowding in areas where food is served

Travel and Overnight Stays: Wear a mask and be sure to social distance. Wash your hands as often as possible and avoid contact with anyone who is sick as well as your face mask, eyes, nose and mouth.

  • Consider whether you, someone you live with, or anyone you plan to visit with is at increased risk for severe illness from COVID-19, to determine whether to stay overnight in the same residence or to stay elsewhere.
  • If you are an overnight guest, wash and store your belongings, wear a mask whenever possible, and take precautions to wash your hands as frequently as possible.
  • If you are exposed to COVID-19 while traveling, or at any time, quarantine yourself to protect others by following the CDC guidelines.

For more information on CDC Guidelines visit the CDC Website.

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