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Staying Safe This Thanksgiving

There are still ways to gobble up the fun for the holiday

With Thanksgiving right around the corner, the holiday season is fast approaching. However, with the coronavirus pandemic still a major health concern in the nation, a few changes are being suggested that will keep Turkey Day and its accompanying festivities on center stage instead of being regulated to a side dish along with the green bean casserole.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is recommending that everyone stay home this year to limit travel and large gatherings. Many businesses are staggering their Black Friday hours or moving their promotions entirely online to limit Black Friday shoppers. The Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade in New York and America’s Thanksgiving Day Parade in Detroit will be virtual this year so everyone can watch from the safety of their homes.

Here are some ideas to keep your Thanksgiving gatherings safe:

  • Have a small meal with only people who live in your household.
  • Prepare traditional family dishes for family or neighbors and deliver them with little to no contact.
  • Have a virtual meal with friends and family.
  • Watch sports and parades from home.
  • Have a small outdoor meal with family and friends who live nearby.

If travel will be involved, wear a mask and wash your hands or use hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol. Traveling by car may be your safest option, but try to avoid making long stops for gas, food or the restroom to limit exposure.

Thanksgiving has always been about family, togetherness and being thankful. Though festivities will be different this year, everyone can be thankful while staying safe.

Learn more about the CDC’s Thanksgiving guidelines here.

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