Thanksgiving is a national holiday celebrated on various dates in the United States, Canada,
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Thanksgiving Day, annual national holiday in the United States and Canada celebrating the harvest and other blessings of the past year. Americans generally believe that their Thanksgiving is modeled on a 1621 harvest feast shared by the English colonists (Pilgrims) of Plymouth and the Wampanoag people.
Sep 26, 2020
As fall is ramping up, many people have already begun to plan for the holidays. It’s no surprise that celebrations will look a little different this year—and Thanksgiving is no exception. The line is blurry as to what is considered safe and what isn’t, so the CDC has offeredsome considerationsto help protect individuals, their families, friends, and communities from COVID-19.
As expected, staying home is the best way to protect yourself and others. The federal health agency advised that the safest way to celebrate Turkey Day is to avoid unnecessary travel. If you do intend to travel, however, you should be informed of therisks involvedand adhere to CDC guidelines.
The best options? Having a small outdoor dinner with people in the same household, delivering food to neighbors, and participating in a virtual dinner all fall under the CDC's low risk category. Activities likeapple pickingandvisiting pumpkin patchesfall into the moderate risk category. On the far end of the spectrum, parades and other large gatherings are considered high risk and off-limits. (Macy's has already modified its plans for the Thanksgiving Day parade to a television-only presentation.)
Some types of masks are better than others when exercising in crowded spaces.
Black Friday shoppingis also on the no-go list, with health officials saying that shopping from home is recommended for your binge-shopping needs. But don’t fret: Retailers like Amazon and Target are trying to nudge people to online shop by starting juicy holiday deals sooner and extendingBlack Friday deals online.
It’s important to note that these guidelines are meant to supplement—not replace—anystate, local, territorial, ortribalhealth and safety regulations with which holiday gatherings must comply. If you’re planning tohost a holiday celebration, you should first assess current COVID-19 levels in your community to determine whether to postpone, cancel, or limit the number of attendees.
The CDC has ranked the following activities into three areas: lower risk, moderate risk, and higher risk.
Lower risk activities
Having a smalldinnerwith only people who live in your household.
Preparing traditional family recipes for family and neighbors, especially those at higher risk of severe illness from COVID-19, and delivering them in a way that doesn’t involve contact with others.
Having a virtual dinner and sharing recipes with friends and family.
Shopping online rather than in person on the day after Thanksgiving or the next Monday.
Watching sports events, parades, and movies from home.
Moderate risk activities
Having a small outdoordinnerwith family and friends who live in your community.
Visiting pumpkin patches or orchards where people use hand sanitizer before touching pumpkins or picking apples, wearing masks is encouraged or enforced, and people are able to maintain social distancing.
Attending a small outdoor sports events with safety precautions in place.
Higher risk activities
Going shopping in crowded stores just before, on, or after Thanksgiving.
Participating or being a spectator at a crowded race.