The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have released updated guidelines for Thanksgiving celebrations as coronavirus cases once again surge in the United States. Here is their advice:
– Celebrating virtually or with members of your own household poses the lowest risk of spread during over the holiday.
– Bringing together family members or friends from different households, including college students returning home, poses varying levels of risk.
– People who have tested positive for COVID-19, or have been exposed to someone who has, should not host or participate in any in-person gathering. Those with symptoms of COVID-19, or waiting for viral test results, should also refrain from attending the events.
– Hosts are encouraged to check COVID-19 infection rates in their area, and in areas where guests may live.
– Encourage guests to bring food for themselves and members of their household and avoid potluck-style gatherings.
– One person, who is wearing a mask, should handle serving shareable items and be the only one handling those serving utensils.
– As always, everyone is asked to wash their hands with soap and water for 20 seconds, or use hand sanitizer before and after preparing, serving, and eating food.
– Host the gathering outdoors as much as possible. Require guests to wear masks when they aren’t eating or drinking. If you are hosting an indoor gathering, the CDC says to increase ventilation as much as possible by opening windows and doors.