• 18 NOV 20
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    Everyone Can Make Thanksgiving Safer

    Everyone Can Make Thanksgiving Safer

    Information taken from the CDC:

    Wear a mask

    illustration of a young woman leaving home wearing a mask
    • Wear a mask with two or more layers to stop the spread of COVID-19.
    • Wear the mask over your nose and mouth and secure it under your chin.
    • Make sure the mask fits snugly against the sides of your face.

    Stay at least 6 feet away from others who do not live with you

    Wash your hands

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    • Wash hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
    • Keep hand sanitizer with you and use it when you are unable to wash your hands.
    • Use hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol.

    Attending a Gathering

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    Make your celebration safer. In addition to following the steps that everyone can take to make Thanksgiving safer, take these additional steps while attending a Thanksgiving gathering.

    • Bring your own food, drinks, plates, cups, and utensils.
    • Wear a mask, and safely store your mask while eating and drinking.
    • Avoid going in and out of the areas where food is being prepared or handled, such as in the kitchen.
    • Use single-use options, like salad dressing and condiment packets, and disposable items like food containers, plates, and utensils.

    Hosting a Thanksgiving Gathering

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    If having guests to your home, be sure that people follow the steps that everyone can take to make Thanksgiving safer. Other steps you can take include:

    • Have a small outdoor meal with family and friends who live in your community.
    • Limit the number of guests.
    • Have conversations with guests ahead of time to set expectations for celebrating together.
    • Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces and items between use.
    • If celebrating indoors, make sure to open windows.
    • Limit the number of people in food preparation areas.
    • Have guests bring their own food and drink.
    • If sharing food, have one person serve food and use single-use options, like plastic utensils.

    Thanksgiving Travel

    Travel increases your chance of getting and spreading COVID-19. Staying home is the best way to protect yourself and others.

    If you do travel

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    • Check travel restrictions before you go.
    • Get your flu shot before you travel.
    • Always wear a mask in public settings and on public transportation.
    • Stay at least 6 feet apart from anyone who is not in your household.
    • Wash your hands often or use hand sanitizer.
    • Avoid touching your mask, eyes, nose, and mouth.
    • Bring extra supplies, such as masks and hand sanitizer.

    Consider Other Thanksgiving Activities

    Host a virtual Thanksgiving meal with friends and family who don’t live with you

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    • Schedule a time to share a meal together virtually.
    • Have people share recipes and show their turkey, dressing, or other dishes they prepared.

    Watch television and play games with people in your household

    • Watch Thanksgiving Day parades, sports, and movies at home.
    • Find a fun game to play.


    • Shop online sales the day after Thanksgiving and days leading up to the winter holidays.
    • Use contactless services for purchased items, like curbside pick-up.
    • Shop in open air markets staying 6 feet away from others.



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