The second Thanksgiving during a pandemic is just days away. Almost everyone is busy preparing and getting ready to celebrate the holiday. While some of you are making plans to hit the road to meet your near and dear ones, there are others who have postponed travel plans in favor of staying at home and celebrating locally.
Given the challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic, families are still trying to figure out the best way to safely celebrate Thanksgiving this year. One of the biggest driving holidays, Thanksgiving involves a lot of family togetherness and meeting loved ones.
Since 2020 to this year COVID protocols have changed. Now with vaccines and boosters available more and more people are feeling comfortable setting foot out of their homes. As per AAA predictions, more than 48 million people will be taking to the roads to gather with family and friends this holiday season.
As per CDC, it is best to delay travel until you are fully vaccinated. Also, it’s essential you wear a mask over your nose and mouth in indoor areas.
So as you get ready for the holiday get together with your loved ones, what will you be doing to stay safe from COVID-19 and how will you be protecting your children. Here are a few COVID-19 tips that can help you celebrate your Thanksgiving holidays without the stress and anxiety.
Avoid gathering in large groups, especially if it involves guests visiting from multiple households. If possible have celebrations within your household. But if it is important to invite family and friends over, keep the number low. Stay away from throwing huge parties.
Arrange an outdoorsy Thanksgiving dinner, maybe out in your backyard if the outdoor temperatures are reasonable and allow for people to gather outside. For not-so-warm places you can opt for setting up a canopy or renting one that has walls to reduce wind but does not trap clean airflow. Outdoor patio heaters also can be used.
Ensure people follow mask rules and maintain social distance whenever not eating and drinking. Plan ahead about how you want to protect the kids and seniors from the non-vaccinated adults. Setting rules and standards can help you keep things under control and your loved ones safe.
Have lots of containers of hand sanitizers and cleaning wipes kept at short distances. Stock enough so you don’t run out. For in-person indoor gatherings ensure everyone has access to the sanitizers and wipes. Enforce clear mask rules and if possible have some handy in case someone soils theirs. With you being the host it won’t be easy to keep everyone safe, but the more people wear masks the less likelihood of virus spread. It’s up to you to find ways to keep things easy around the table and during the gathering.
It is possible you may have some friends and family in isolation during the Thanksgiving holiday. You may not be able to meet them in close proximity but you can have loved ones parade by the house in cars. While maintaining distance you can drop some Thanksgiving treats, put up festive cards, and messages or decor close to their homes, so they don’t feel totally isolated during the festive season.
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