How to Stay Safe this Thanksgiving



Two masks next to fall themed decorations

Emilyanne Richart, Reporter

Thanksgiving is just around the corner, which raises the question of if families will be able to have a semi-normal holiday amidst the pandemic. Luckily, there are a multitude of ways you can celebrate Thanksgiving safely this year. You can eat Thanksgiving classics such as turkey and cranberry sauce and watch the virtual Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, all from the safety of your own home. Or, you can celebrate Thanksgiving at a loved ones house with a few added safety precautions.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) notes that the safest way to celebrate Thanksgiving this year will be virtually or with members of your household. You can go on a Thanksgiving themed scavenger hunt, watch the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade virtually, decorate your house with fall themed decorations, play outdoor games, make a turkey themed craft, or make “Happy Thanksgiving” cards for family members. All can be done in the safety of your own home and can be a lot of fun for your family.

Although it’s safest to stay at home, the CDC also has a few guidelines for those who plan to be hosting or attending a gathering in person that will help create a safe environment. By following these guidelines, you can have fun with family and stay safe at the same time!

If you’re hosting the gathering, you should ensure that you have the proper supplies needed for your guests to be as safe as possible. These include extra masks, hand sanitizer that consists of at least 60% alcohol, tissues, hand soap, and single use towels for bathrooms. You should check the COVID-19 infection rates in areas where attendees live and consider if it’s safe to hold or attend the gathering. If you are hosting the gathering, limiting the number of guests will help people from different households remain six feet away from each other. It is best for the gathering to take place outdoors, rather than indoors. If you are having the event indoors, note that non-ventilated spaces aren’t recommended for gatherings, but you can increase ventilation by opening windows and doors.

Guests should wear masks when they aren’t eating or drinking and should stay 6 feet away from people who aren’t from their household. To make Thanksgiving a little more festive, you can ask your guests to wear Thanksgiving themed cloth face masks. The masks can be full of fall colors such as red, yellow, and orange, or have little leaf prints on them.