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The Coastal Health District of Georgia serves the counties of Bryan, Camden, Chatham, Effingham, Glynn, Liberty, Long & McIntosh

A Safer Thanksgiving in 2020

Thanksgiving traditions often include gathering around the table with family and friends. Unfortunately, gathering is a risky activity right now, because it increases the chance you could catch or spread COVID-19. According to the Centers for Disease Control, small household gatherings are contributing to a rise in COVID-19 cases across the U.S.

Many of us are weary of isolation and we long to see the special people in our lives this holiday season. But in the absence of a COVID-19 vaccine, the safest way to observe Thanksgiving this year is with the people who live in your household full-time. In-person gatherings that bring together family members or friends from different households, including college students returning home, pose varying levels of risk.

Safer Thanksgiving Plans

Here are some ideas for a safer Thanksgiving holiday:

Small Gatherings

Staying home with the people who live in your household is safest. But if you do plan to gather this holiday, there are steps you can take to reduce the risk of catching or spreading the virus that causes COVID-19. Talk with your guests/hosts ahead of time to set expectations, and consider these modifications:

Thanksgiving Travel

When you travel, you increase your chance of getting sick or spreading COVID-19. The safest option is to stay home. But if you do plan to travel: