CDC Discourages Intermingling of Households in New Guidance for Thanksgiving

By Anna Breuer on 10 November 2020
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The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention issued new guidelines for the Thanksgiving holiday, as cases continue to surge throughout the country.

The CDC underscored the point that the safest way to spend the holiday “is to celebrate only with people in your own household.” This goes beyond guidance issued in multiple countries including the United Kingdom and Austria, which permit a maximum of two households to gather socially

“Traditional Thanksgiving gatherings with family and friends are fun but can increase the chances of getting or spreading Covid-19 or the flu,” the CDC said.

If your plans nonetheless call for celebrating with people outside of your household, there are precautions that can be taken that will somewhat lower the risk of contagion should someone present have the coronavirus.

First, everyone should wear a mask with at least two layers and have the mask on, properly fitted, except when eating and drinking, implying that masks should be put back on in between courses, for example.

Second, stay at least 6’ (approximately 2 m) away from anyone not in your household at all times. This is especially important for grandparents and anyone at a higher risk of getting sick.

Finally, the CDC recommends guests bring their own food, drink, plates, utensils, and glasses or cups.  Guests should not enter any area where food is being prepared or handled, and the host or hostess should use single-use packets for salad dressing and salt and pepper and disposable plates and utensils for guests who are not bringing their own.

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