CDC Releases Guidance on Thanksgiving Gatherings in the Time of COVID-19

It’s still a couple of months away, but you’ve probably been thinking about Thanksgiving 2020 and how the COVID-19 pandemic will affect your traditional family gatherings and traditions.

According to new guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), a time when family comes together to give thanks and eat a delicious meal might not be the same as it’s always come to be.

The CDC categorizes Thanksgiving as a holiday that “typically include large gatherings of families and friends, crowded parties, and travel that may put people at increased risk for COVID-19.”

Because of that, they just released a set of tips you can follow to ensure you’re celebrating as safely as possible. These include bringing Thanksgiving outdoors this year, as outdoor get-togethers are typically lower-risk than indoor. If you can only hold an indoor celebration, the advise you to encourage everyone going to avoid contact with people outside of their household for 14 days prior.

Additionally, the CDC recommends only celebrating with people who live local to you, limiting the number of guests who will be attending, and encouraging people to be safety supplies with them such as masks and hand sanitizer.

The same rules apply for if you’re not hosting, but heading to a family gathering—opt for outdoor over indoor gatherings, bring safety supplies, and avoid contact with people outside of their household for the two weeks beforehand.

Travel is also a cause for concern when it comes to major holidays like Thanksgiving. “Traveling increases the chance of getting and spreading COVID-19,” the CDC states. “Staying home is the best way to protect yourself and others.”

On the actual day of, be sure to distance at least six feet apart from others. That may meat spacing out the seating to every other plate for dinner. Also, sadly, hugging is not recommended (air hugging is always safe, though!).

If you’re traveling for Turkey Day, the CDC recommends always wearing a mask that covers your nose and mouth, distancing from others at least six feet apart, washing your hands or sanitizing as often as possible, avoiding traveling with anyone else who’s sick, and ensuring you don’t touch your eyes, nose or mouth.

You can find more of the CDC’s tips on celebrating Thanksgiving safely here.

What do you typically do for Thanksgiving? Will you be doing anything different this year? How about the other holidays—Halloween, Christmas, Hannukah, New Year’s? We’d love to know how you will be celebrating this year!