Tips for celebrating Thanksgiving in the time of COVID-19

A table full of delicious holiday desserts including pumpkin pie and cupcakes

One of our favorite feasting holidays is right around the corner. Although COVID-19 transmission is still high in our community, there are still ways to enjoy Turkey Day in a safe way.

If you are gathering in person, make sure attendees are vaccinated and follow these guidelines to make your Thanksgiving feast as safe as possible.

  • Limit the gathering to those within your household.
  • If gathering with those outside your household:
    • Hold events outdoors when possible. Garages, decks, porches, backyards, and other outdoor spaces are the safest options.
    • If gathering indoors, open windows and social distance as much as possible
    • Wear masks when indoors (and outdoors if unable to social distance)
  • Practice hand hygiene before and after eating, and frequently during the event.

Alternate ways to celebrate

Instead of gathering with those from outside your household, consider trying out one (or more!) of the following options.

Send a care package or letter

Show your friends and family that you are thankful for them by sending them a letter or a care package full of their favorite treats. It’s the thought that counts!

Exchange recipes, have a virtual bake-off, or digital dinner

While you might not be together in person, that doesn’t mean you can’t still connect with your loved ones. Arrange a time to join a virtual call to swap recipes, get baking, or enjoy a meal together (just bring your device to the table!).

Take the stress out of cooking

Take the stress out of preparing a meal by instead ordering dinner to go from a local business or enjoy the convenience of online grocery shopping. Many retailers offer contactless delivery and curbside pick-up for little to no fee.

Game on!

Try out virtual or outdoor games to get your competitive juices flowing. There are endless virtual game options available. Or, keep it simple with a good-old fashioned game of charades over a video call. Search for “online games to play with friends” for some new ideas.

Give back

Volunteering opportunities may be more difficult to do safely in person this year, but there are many safe alternatives that you can try. Consider donating to a food bank, volunteering to go grocery shopping for people who may need help, donating blood, or checking out virtual volunteering options.