Thanksgiving is a time to gather with family and friends and enjoy a good meal. However, the current pandemic means families are having to rethink how they can safely get together (or even if they should).
How can families safely gather for Thanksgiving?
NCDHHS Secretary Mandy K. Cohen says that “The best way to protect loved ones during Thanksgiving is to limit travel and gatherings with anyone who does not live in your household.” If you do plan to get together there are recommendations on how to take precautions and do it in a safer way.
How can I stay safe while travelling?
If you are planning to travel or gather it is also recommended to have a screening COVID-19 test 3-4 days before. Remember, though, that a negative test is not a free pass, it is only a measure of your COVID-19 status at that point in time. Everyone is still expected to wear a mask, socially distance, and wash their hands often (the 3Ws). People who have been recently diagnosed with COVID-19, have symptoms, or have been around a person with COVID-19 should not host, travel, or participate in any gatherings until they complete their isolation or quarantine period.
Is there any help with Thanksgiving meals?
This year, as in previous years, there are community organizations that are providing meals or food baskets. Keep in mind that organizations may have changed their process for how they are distributing food. Many are offering the meals as take out, or providing the groceries for families to prepare in their own home.
This holiday season is going to be different, but there are still resources and help available. And if you are able there are also organizations that are looking for donations or volunteers during this time. Search “volunteer” or “donations” in the search bar on our home page or follow our social media as we will share opportunities that may be available.