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Staying safe and well for Thanksgiving guide

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Wear a mask.
Updated Nov. 19, 2020
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More than 1 million COVID-19 cases were reported in the United States over the last 7 days.

✅✅As cases continue to increase rapidly across the United States, the safest way to celebrate Thanksgiving is to celebrate at home with the people you live with.

Gatherings with family and friends who do not live with you can increase the chances of getting or spreading COVID-19 or the flu.


Travel may increase your chance of getting and spreading COVID-19. Postponing travel and staying home is the best way to protect yourself and others this year.

If you are considering traveling for Thanksgiving, here are some important questions to ask yourself and your loved ones beforehand. These questions can help you decide what is best for you and your family.

  • 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? Check CDC’s COVID Data Tracker for the latest number of cases.
  • Are hospitals in your community or your destination overwhelmed with patients who have COVID-19? To find out, check state and local public health department websites.
  • Does your home or destination have requirements or restrictions for travelers? Check state and local requirements before you travel.
  • 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,” you should consider making other plans, such as hosting a virtual gathering or delaying your travel.

It’s important to talk with the people you live with and your family and friends about the risks of traveling for Thanksgiving.

If you do travel
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Everyone Can Make Thanksgiving Safer
Wear a mask
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  • Wear a mask with two or more layers 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.
✅✅Stay at least 6 feet away from others who do not live with you
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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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Celebrating virtually or with the people you live with is the safest choice this Thanksgiving.

✅✅If you choose to attend a gathering, make your celebration safer. In addition to following the steps that everyone can take to make Thanksgiving safer, take these additional steps if 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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Celebrating virtually or with the people you live with is the safest choice this Thanksgiving.

If having guests to your home, be sure that people follow the steps that everyone can take to make Thanksgiving safer. These steps 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, bring in fresh air by opening windows and doors, if possible. You can 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
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 and wear a mask.
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.
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Re: Staying safe and well for Thanksgiving guide

3 separate posts of the latest CDC guidelines hardly seems warranted. 1 with three different mentions of what can be found on the site for those who are interested would suffice. Sometimes I wonder if you work for the CDC and use this platform as an avenue.

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Re: Staying safe and well for Thanksgiving guide

Thank you for all you do, @Mindy D. I know it must be hard sometimes with all the insults that come flying your way like clockwork. Just don't take any of it personally. You are posting very interesting information.

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NRe: Staying safe and well for Thanksgiving guide

I agree with the pointlessness of this exercise. I also don't understand why the CDC would come out with unequivocal advice to not travel on Thanksgiving and on the same day give travel advice for Thanksgiving. Do they think that people who ignore their advice on not traveling will eagerly follow their tips on making travel safe? They don't seem to understand how their mixed messaging plays.


It's this kind of thing that compromises the CDC's authority. No one who's not doing the right thing now is going to slog through all that text anyway. I am not interested in what the CDC has to say re COVID any longer.

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Re: NRe: Staying safe and well for Thanksgiving guide

It's quite possible to travel safely.  I have done it during the pandemic and will do so again soon.  Being incessantly reminded, however,  is very off-putting. 

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Re: NRe: Staying safe and well for Thanksgiving guide

@Mindy D, Thank you for all your efforts.  There’s always more to learn.

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Re: Staying safe and well for Thanksgiving guide

I really get tired of posters trying to shut down others.  It's very easy to pass by threads you find uninteresting/repetitive/unnecessary/not to YOUR liking.  It's clear by the subject of this one what it is, why open only to try to shut down someone's opinion?


There are a lot of threads here I have no interest in; I pass them by, and don't try to censor others who are following community guidelines.





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Re: Staying safe and well for Thanksgiving guide

@Caligurll, Absolutely agree.  From pets, fashion, cooking, all sorts of advice, etc., there is something for everyone.  

Wonder why anyone would open a thread about a topic they obviously dislike and disagree with?  Maybe boredom ?

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Re: Staying safe and well for Thanksgiving guide

Many of my co-workers have told me that they intend to gather with family and friends during the holidays because some have eldering relatives who might not make it to the next year.  While I understand and empathize, I'm fortunate enough where I can make sure to avoid contact with those who have chosen to put themselves and others at risk and work from home.  At this point, everyone will have to weigh their priorities and make decisions accordingly.