It’s Thanksgiving! Many will be traveling to celebrate with families. Travel and family gatherings, though, can increase your risk of getting or spreading COVID-19.
The best way to protect yourself and others is to stay home. If you are sick—with COVID-19, flu or any other contagious disease—you should not attend any in-person holiday celebration. Those with medical conditions that increase risk for severe illness should also avoid in-person gatherings.
If you do decide to celebrate with others, different activities carry different levels of risk for COVID-19. Here, from the CDC, are Thanksgiving activities sorted by risk level:
Lower Risk Activities
- Have a small dinner with only people who live in your household.
- Prepare traditional family recipes for friends and neighbors, especially those at higher risk for severe illness from COVID-19, and deliver them in a contact-less way.
- Have a virtual dinner and share recipes with friends and family.
- Shop online rather than in-person on the day after Thanksgiving Black Friday. Celebrate Cyber Monday!
- Watch sports events, parades and movies from home.
Moderate Risk Activities
- Have a small outdoor dinner with family and friends who live in your community.
- Visit pumpkin patches or orchards where people use hand sanitizer, wear masks and maintain social distance.
- Attend a small outdoor sports event with safety precautions in place.
Higher Risk Activities (Avoid these activities to help prevent spread of COVID-19)
- Shopping in crowded stores just before, on or after Thanksgiving.
- Participate in, or watch, a crowded race or Turkey Trot.
- Attend a crowded parade.
- Use alcohol or drugs, which can cloud judgement and lead to risky behaviors.
- Attend large indoor gatherings with people from outside your household.
Celebrate! Be Safe!