Thanksgiving COVID-19 Style

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Aaliyah Williams, Reporter/Photographer

Thanksgiving is a national holiday celebrated on the last Thursday of November, this year on the 26th. It started as a day for the blessing of the harvest from the previous year to give thanks and sacrifice. There are many different traditions spent between families, all unique in their own ways. This year it may be different due to the pandemic, but you can still have just as much fun while staying safe.

According to the CDC, these are some things you can do to celebrate with your family safe during COVID-19:

  • Hosting an outdoor meal
  • To get in the Thanksgiving spirit, go to a local pumpkin patch where people are required to wear masks
  • Have a virtual dinner with your family
  • Have a small get together/dinner with the people in your household
  • Shop online for Black Friday and Cyber Monday rather than in-store
  • Watch sports events, parades, and movies at home
  • Zoom your loved ones to tell them how thankful you are 
  • Have outdoor entertainment/games
  • If more than the people in your family come keep a list
  • If someone out of town is coming over to celebrate make sure they get tested before and after traveling Virtual Dinner Party Ideas For A Grand Time At Home | ProFlowers
  • Wear a mask and social distance as best as possible!

The following people should not attend these gatherings

  • If they have been diagnosed with COVID-19 and hasn’t met the criteria to be around other people 
  • Extreme risk of severe illness from COVID-19
  • If they are waiting for results
  • Have been exposed in the last 14 daysThe Buzz: Families should 'prepare' for a virtual Thanksgiving, health officials say | weareiowa.com

Food and drinks at small family gatherings

  • Motivate guests to bring their own food and drinks, for them and the people living in their home
  • while preparing and serving guests wear a mask 
  • Make sure guests wash their hands before eating and preparing food and drinks
  • Offer no-touch trash cans 

According to (https://www.google.com/url?q=https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/daily-life-coping/holidays.html&sa=D&ust=1605215960085000&usg=AOvVaw26IJsqKvlTw9oVi42mOU3Y