How to Celebrate Thanksgiving During a Pandemic

By Emily Betts

November 3, 2020


As Thanksgiving approaches, COVID-19 continues. While we are still in a pandemic, most people still want to celebrate with family or friends. 

According to a recent study, 64 percent of people are still planning on having Thanksgiving dinner with their family, and 30 percent are going to take their guests’ temperature beforehand.

The CDC advises to “…maintain as much distance as possible between yourself and other individuals, and use masks if they do not interfere with your activity. If you need to be indoors, open windows to increase airflow throughout the space. Use social distancing and limit physical contact.”

While that may not matter if you are in your own home with the people who live there, if you do have visitors, take precautions to stop the spread.

In Ohio, the maximum amount of people in a gathering still remains at 10, as they have seen recent cases coming from social gatherings. 

The CDC has given examples of low, moderate and high-risk activities for Thanksgiving; one low risk activity is having a small dinner with only people who live in your household; one moderate risk activity is having a small outdoor dinner with family and friends who live in your community; and one high risk activity is attending large indoor gatherings with people from outside of your household.

While Thanksgiving is very popular in a majority of homes here in America, COVID-19 is still here, and it spreads rapidly. Follow as many precautions as possible, and stay safe.