CDC Announces Thanksgiving Celebration Guidelines Specific to COVID-19

Considering COVID-19 infections are rising, the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has laid out protocols for having a safe Thanksgiving and not contributing to the spread of the virus.

The new guidelines arrive as the country continues to worsen amid the Coronavirus surge which, to date, has now claimed the lives of well over 242,000 in North America.

All family gatherings, including ‘Friendsgiving’ can still be celebratory, but a plan should be put in place to ensure everyone is safe.

The CDC suggests sporting masks with at least 2-3 layers, while staying six-feet-apart, which measures out to roughly the length of two arms distance, and washing hands with soap and water for a minimum of 20 seconds, but don’t forget the hand sanitizer as well.

If you are going to be attending a large gathering, people should bring their own food, drinks and utensils, as well as stay away from food prep areas. Folks should also consider using single-use options for condiments, containers, plates and food distribution. Hosts should demonstrate expectations ahead of the gathering, but it is highly recommended that families should keep the celebration small and, preferably, outside.

For those who are traveling for the holiday, be sure to keep travel restrictions in mind and get a flu shot about two weeks before arriving at the airport. If utilizing public transportation, be sure to keep a six-foot distance and have hand sanitizer at the ready.

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Author: Michael Stagno

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