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Can I Do Thanksgiving Safely?

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  • Written By: Baton Rouge General
Can I Do Thanksgiving Safely?

Thanksgiving will definitely look a little different this year, but that doesn’t mean you can’t make holiday memories with your family. The safest way to celebrate Thanksgiving this year is to do it virtually or to celebrate with people in your “bubble.” If you do plan to spend time with people outside your bubble, know that you are opening yourself up to risk and plan to implement some changes ahead of time to make it safer.

The best plan is to keep your gathering small and host it outdoors where social distancing between “bubbles” is possible. Try to invite only people who are local and consider a virtual dinner with those who aren’t there in person, for example, family members who are at high risk. Space out seating arrangements for different bubbles, much like restaurants are doing. You can also try staggering eating times.

If the weather messes up your outdoors plan, it’s best to switch to “masks on” inside. In that case, still try to maintain a 6-foot distance and only remove your mask to eat. Many people are asymptomatic and won’t even know they are sick, so keeping those masks on is key.

Limit the number of people from different households cooking together in close proximity and ditch the buffet line – try ordering takeout or assigning one household to cooking duties.

In addition to the typical guidelines -- wearing a mask when you’re not eating or drinking, washing your hands often, and staying six feet away from others who do not live with you -- the CDC also recommends getting a flu shot and making sure everyone else in your household is up-to-date on theirs.

These are good practices to help keep you Thanksgiving gathering safe, but everyone’s situation is different. Use your best judgement and celebrate responsibly!