CDC releases holiday safety recommendations

Thanksgiving is a time when many families gather to celebrate. Indoor group activities and meals, as well as travel, increase the chance of getting and spreading COVID-19. Staying home is the best way to protect yourself and others. While it is difficult not spending holidays with loved ones, it is important to keep the health and safety of loved ones a priority. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has released guidance on holiday celebrations. The following is a list of low, moderate and high-risk activities from CDC.

Lower risk activities

  • Having a small dinner with only people who live in your household
  • Preparing traditional family recipes for family and neighbors, especially those at higher risk of severe illness from COVID-19, and delivering them in a way that doesn’t involve contact with others
  • Having a virtual dinner and sharing recipes with friends and family
  • Shopping online rather than in person on the day after Thanksgiving or the next Monday
  • Watching sports events, parades, and movies from home

Moderate risk activities

  • Having a small outdoor dinner with family and friends who live in your community
  • Lower your risk by following CDC’s recommendations on hosting gatherings or cookouts
  • Visiting pumpkin patches or orchards where people use hand sanitizer before touching pumpkins or picking apples, wearing masks is encouraged or enforced, and people are able to maintain social distancing

Higher risk activities

Avoid these higher risk activities to help prevent the spread of the virus that causes COVID-19:

  • Attending indoor gatherings with people from outside of your household
  • Going shopping in crowded stores especially just before, on, or after Thanksgiving
  • Attending crowded events such as parades

Source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Holiday Celebrations Guidance.