CDC releases Thanksgiving Guidelines

 The CDC released its safety guidelines for Thanksgiving gatherings this holiday season. 

 

Michiganders can follow the guidelines according to the level of risk outlined by the health protection agency. 

 

Citizens are urged to take precautionary measures to protect themselves and others. Thanksgiving gatherings are best kept small, travel should be limited, and holiday shoppers are encouraged to keep a safe distance while purchasing items.

 

Health officials recommend remaining at home during the holidays if possible.

 

“Staying home is the best way to protect yourself and others. If you must travel, be informed of the risks involved,” their website states.

 

High-risk activities include:

 

  • Attending large indoor gatherings with people from other households
  • Attending crowded parades
  • Participating of being a spectator in a crowded race
  • Going shopping in crowded stores just before, on, or after Thanksgiving
  • Using alcohol or drugs that could cloud judgement and increase risky behaviors

 

Moderate-risk activities include:

 

  • Having a small outdoor dinner with 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 small outdoor sports events with safety precautions in place

 

Lower-risk activities include:

 

  • Having a small dinner with only people who live in your family
  • Having a virtual dinner and sharing recipes with friends
  • Shopping online, rather than in person, on Black Friday and Cyber Monday.
  • Watching sporting events, parades, and movies from home.

 

You can find more information about the CDC’s Thanksgiving guidelines, here.

 

 

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