CDC releases guidelines on Thanksgiving festivities

File photo of a holiday dinner

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released its guidance for participating in Thanksgiving activities during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The CDC said that travel increases the chance of contracting and spreading the virus that causes COVID-19.

Officials at the CDC divided up traditional activities into three categories: lower risk, moderate risk and higher risk.

The CDC said to avoid higher risk activities to help prevent the spread of COVID-19.

Higher risk activities:

  • Shopping in crowded stores right before, on or after Thanksgiving
  • Participating in or being a spectator at a crowded race
  • Attending crowded parades
  • Using alcohol or drugs which “can cloud judgement and increase risky behaviors”
  • Attending large indoor gatherings with people outside of your household

Moderate risk activities:

  • Having a small outdoor dinner with friends or family in your community
  • Visiting pumpkin patches or orchards where people use hand sanitizer before touching pumpkins or picking apples while wearing face masks with social distancing measures in place
  • Attending small outdoor sports events with safety precautions

Lower risk activities:

  • Having a small dinner with people who live in your household
  • Preparing traditional family recipes for family and neighbors and delivering them in a no-contact manner
  • Having a virtual dinner and sharing recipes with friends and family
  • Shopping online rather than in person on the day after Thanksgiving
  • Watching sports events, parades and movies from home
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