This year, Thanksgiving is like no other.
We have many reasons to be thankful, and all those reasons are why we must continue the course: social distance, wear a face mask and wash hands often to reduce the spread of COVID-19.
Celebrate Thanksgiving safely this year to prevent illness:
- Have a small dinner with only people who live in your household
- When hosting a gathering limit the group to fewer than 10 people and no more than 2 households
- If you plan to be around people from another household, get a COVID-19 test (call 901-222-MASK to find a free test center near you)
- Prepare traditional family recipes for family and neighbors, especially those at higher risk of severe illness from COVID-19, and deliver them in a way that doesn’t involve contact with others (leave it at the door!)
- Host a virtual dinner and share recipes with friends and family
- Schedule a time to share a meal together virtually
- Have people share recipes and show their turkey, dressing, or other dishes they prepared
- Shop online sales the day after Thanksgiving and days leading up to the winter holidays
- Watch sports events, parades, and holiday movies from home
Celebrate the holiday safely and follow these CDC recommended guidelines.
Missing face-to-face interactions?
These options still present some moderate risk, however staying outdoors helps minimize risks:
- Have a small outdoor dinner
- Lower your risk by following CDC’s recommendations on hosting gatherings or cook-outs
- Bring your own food, drinks, plates, cups, and utensils.
- Use single-use options, like salad dressing and condiment packets, and disposable items like food containers, plates, and utensils.
- Visit pumpkin patches or orchards where people use hand sanitizer before touching pumpkins or picking apples, wearing masks is required, and people are able to maintain social distancing
- Attend small outdoor events with safety precautions in place
Avoid these higher-risk activities
Help prevent the spread of the virus that causes COVID:19. We suggest avoiding:
- Shopping in crowded stores just before, on, or after Thanksgiving
- Participating in or attending a crowded parade or event
- Using alcohol or drugs, which can cloud judgment and increase risky behaviors
- Attending large indoor gatherings with people from outside of your household