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How To Have A Safe Thanksgiving

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With COVID cases skyrocketing, many families are looking at a very different Thanksgiving celebration this year.  So how can you connect with loved ones over the holiday and still stay safe? Usually Thanksgiving safety articles are all about how not to start a fire while frying a Turkey. This year, we look at five strategies to prevent the spread of Coronavirus. 

Go Virtual

The safest contact is no contact. Consider a virtual Thanksgiving using a video chat platform like Zoom, Facebook, Skype, or FaceTime. With the nursing home visiting restrictions in place in Maryland, this is a good way to make loved ones in care feel less isolated. 

Set your phone or computer right up at the table and enjoy your meal together. Family members could even all agree to make the same meal so you'll enjoy a similar experience. Some families even do video cooking together to truly make it a shared experience. 

Make sure to check that everyone knows how to work the apps beforehand, so there's no interruption on the holiday.

Keep It Small

The smaller the group, the better. You may need to keep it to just members of your household or a few selected people who are part of your COVID pod.  If you do have guests, don't let your guard down.

Maintain social distance from visitors, wear masks when you aren't actively eating or drinking, and use hand sanitizer frequently. Be very careful about inviting the elderly or anyone with a high risk of COVID complications.

Go Outside

If the weather permits, consider setting up your meal outdoors. You could put up an open-sided tent or canopy to protect from the weather if you don't have a covered space outside. 

Get outdoor heaters or use an outdoor fireplace. Do make sure to follow all fire safety rules for heaters and cooking with a grill or smoker. COVID-19 isn't the only danger to your health. 

Even when you're outside, it's important to maintain you social distance, wear your masks, and wash your hands frequently

Throw It Out

Use disposable plates, napkins, and silverware for your meal. The CDC says it's the best option to keep everyone safe. Thanksgiving-themed paper plates in many sizes are available at most major retailers. Don't forget about plastic or paper tablecloths and disposable napkins.

Disposable foil pans for cooking might also make it easier. Crowding together in the kitchen to do the dishes after dinner is a definite no-no this year. 

Bring Your Own Food

Experts say the safest option is for everyone to prepare their own food and bring it in separate containers with individual portions. 

Don't all crowd in the kitchen to heat it up together. Bring it in an insulated bag to keep it warm or consider things that taste fine at room temperature.

If heating is required, go into the kitchen one at a time.

 

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