Thanksgiving is normally one of the busiest travel times of the year. Because of the pandemic, the CDC recommends that you limit your gathering to people that live in your household. While it may be tempting to gather with family after so much time apart, consider if the gathering is worth the risk.

Fun ways to feel connected to family and friends while you are apart this year:

  • Prior to Turkey Day host a recipe swap, and encourage everyone to share the recipe for the Thanksgiving dish they would have brought if you were gathering together
  • Host a Zoom Dinner with your friends and family by setting up a phone or laptop near your dinner table. It will be almost like being around the table together in person
  • Plan a virtual game with your friends/family using Zoom or another video platform. Think Trivia, Family Fued, a Murder Mystery Party, host a talent show.
  • If you have kids plan a Thanksgiving craft like drawing hand turkeys
  • Do you have a group that 

Precautions to take if you decide to gather with people from outside of your household. Please note that none of these precautions will guarantee that COVID-19 will not spread at your Thanksgiving gathering. 

  • If possible hold the celebration in a place that is well ventilated the best would be outside. If that’s not an option, hold the gathering in a garage with the door open. As a last resort in the house, but with all the doors and windows open.
  • Wear a mask at all times when you are not eating
  • Keep the group as small as possible. Ideally no more than two households.
  • Maintain social distance and avoid physical contact
  • Bring your own plates, silverware and utensils
  • Wash your hands frequently, and sanitize shared surfaces after each use like serving spoons.
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