Thanksgiving Day is a national holiday in the United States, and Thanksgiving 2020 will take place on Thursday, November 26, 2020.
But how to celebrate safely and smoothly in 2020?
As CDC explains, the safest way to celebrate Thanksgiving is to celebrate at home with the people you live with, as gatherings with family and friends who do not live with you can increase the chances of getting or spreading the flu and the plandemic.
But are you really going to follow these nasty rules? Here a few guidelines to visit your friends and family during Thanksgiving.
Travel may increase your chance of getting and spreading COVID-19. So one of the best advices is to stay home to protect yourself and others this year.
But if you don’t want to stay home alone, ask you the following questions:
- Are you, someone in your household, or someone you will be visiting at increased risk for getting very sick from COVID-19?
- Are cases high or increasing in your community or your destination?
- Are hospitals in your community or your destination overwhelmed with patients who have COVID-19?
- Does your home or destination have requirements or restrictions for travelers?
- During the 14 days before your travel, have you or those you are visiting had close contact with people they don’t live with?
- Do your plans include traveling by bus, train, or air which might make staying 6 feet apart difficult?
- Are you traveling with people who don’t live with you?
If the answer to any of these questions is “yes,” talk with the people you live with and your family and friends about the risks of traveling for Thanksgiving.
Rules to follow if you do travel for Thanksgiving
- Check travel restrictions before you go.
- Get your flu shot before you travel.
- Always wear a mask in public settings, when using public transportation, and when around people who you don’t live with.
- Stay at least 6 feet apart from anyone who does not live with you.
- 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.
- Know when to delay your travel.
I wouldn’t do point 2 but it is up to you to follow the CDC advices.
How to make Thanksgiving safer?
1. Wear a mask
- Wear a mask to help protect yourself and others from 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.
2. Stay 6 feet away from others
- Remember that people without symptoms may be able to spread COVID-19 or flu.
- Keeping 6 feet (about 2 arm lengths) from others is especially important for people who are at higher risk of getting very sick (old or sick).
3. Wash your hands
- 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.
If you attend a gathering at Thanksgiving, follow these rules
Although celebrating virtually or with the people you live with is the safest choice for Thanksgiving 2020, you still can attend a gathering. Here a few ‘rules’ to make your celebration safer:
- 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.
Rules to follow if you host a Thanksgiving gathering
If you have planned to invite friends and family at home this Thanksgiving, here some tips to make your party safer:
- 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, bring in fresh air by opening windows and doors, if possible. Use a window fan in one of the open windows to blow air out of the window. This will pull fresh air in through the other 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.
Consider Other Thanksgiving Activities
1. A virtual Thanksgiving meal
- Schedule a time to share a meal together virtually.
- Have people share recipes and show their turkey, dressing, or other dishes they prepared.
2. 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 and wear a mask.
4. Other Activities
- Safely prepare traditional dishes and deliver them to family and neighbors in a way that does not involve contact with others (for example, leave them on the porch).
- Participate in a gratitude activity, like writing down things you are grateful for and sharing with your friends and family.
For more information on how to have the safest Thanksgiving 2020, you can also visit the CDC website. Although not everything is true there, they have other good tips and advices. Keep safe! More tips and recommendations on Strange Sounds and Steve Quayle.
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