CDC releases guidelines on Thanksgiving festivities
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