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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.

Important Note About Travel

In typical years many families travel long distances to celebrate together, but travel increases the chance of getting and spreading the virus that causes COVID-19. Staying home is the best way to protect yourself and others. If you must travel, be informed of the risks involved and the following safety precautions you should take.

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