Celebrate, but dont congregate

Taney County Health DepartmentHealth Ed Topics

To keep our loved ones safe and healthy, we need to adapt our Thanksgiving traditions and celebrate at home this year.
• We know how important it is to celebrate holiday traditions and connect with loved ones, especially during these challenging times.
• There are ways to adapt your traditions to protect yourself and the people you love.

Celebrate, but don’t congregate.
• DO celebrate at home with the people you live with.
• DO connect with loved ones via video chat or phone calls.
• DO visit outdoors in an area where you can practice physical distancing.
• DO cook traditional foods at home to enjoy the familiar tastes and smells of the holiday. Eat dinner together via videoconference.
• DO prepare food or care packages and deliver them to loved ones outside your household.
• DON’T attend a large Thanksgiving gathering with people from several households.
• DON’T put high-risk loved ones at risk. People who are older or have underlying health conditions are more likely to become seriously ill from COVID-19.

Do everything you can to stop the spread before Thanksgiving.
• This is a really important time to help slow the spread of COVID-19 and reduce the pressure on our healthcare system.
• By limiting our exposure to the virus, we can reduce the chance that we will get sick or unknowingly spread the virus at Thanksgiving.
• In the weeks leading up to Thanksgiving, do everything you can to top the spread:
o Stay home as much as possible. Limit your outings to only necessary trips.
o Wear a face mask that covers your nose and mouth.
o Use curbside pickup instead of shopping or eating indoors.
o Avoid crowds and stay at least six feet away from people you do not live with.
o Wash your hands frequently, with soap, for at least 20 seconds.
o Avoid touching your face.
o Stay home if you or anyone in your home is experiencing COVID-19 symptoms.
• The actions of one affect us all. If we all do our part, we can save lives and help our communities return to a more familiar way of life.