CDC Offers Thanksgiving Tips to Keep COVID-19 Away on Turkey Day

CDC Offers Thanksgiving Tips to Keep COVID-19 Away on Turkey Day

Setnor Byer Insurance & Risk

With more than 1 million new COVID-19 cases reported over the last seven days, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is pleading with Americans to celebrate Thanksgiving at home this year. Unfortunately, travel and gatherings with family and friends who do not live with you can increase the chances of getting or spreading COVID-19. For those who are nevertheless planning to host or attend Thanksgiving celebrations, the CDC urges you to take the following preventative measures.


  • Check travel restrictions before you go.
  • Wear a mask with at least two layers over your nose and mouth. Practice social distancing.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water or hand sanitizer. Avoid touching your mask, eyes, nose and mouth. Bring extra supplies (masks, hand sanitizer, etc.).

Attending a Gathering

  • Bring your own food, drinks, plates, cups and utensils.
  • Wear a mask and stay at least 6 feet apart from anyone who is not in your household.
  • Avoid areas where food is being prepared or handled.
  • Use single-use options (salad dressing, condiments, etc.) and disposable items (containers, plates and utensils).

Hosting a Gathering

  • Encourage guests to eat and socialize outdoors. If celebrating indoors, open windows.
  • Limit the total number of guests and the number of people in food preparation areas.
  • Let guests know what to expect before they arrive.
  • Regularly clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces and items.
  • Have guests bring their own food and drink.
  • If sharing food, have one person serve food and use single-use options.
  • Politely remind guests to keep practicing everyday preventative measures throughout the event.

Finally, the CDC cautions that while the risk of getting or spreading COVID-19 can be reduced, it cannot be eliminated. You should not host or attend in-person Thanksgiving celebrations if you:

  • have been diagnosed with an active COVID-19 infection;
  • have symptoms of COVID-19;
  • are waiting for COVID-19 viral test results;
  • may have been exposed to someone with COVID-19 in the last 14 days; or
  • are at increased risk of severe illness from COVID-19.

Stay safe and Happy Thanksgiving!