In anticipation of the upcoming holiday season, the Fairfax County Health Department released a set of guidelines with information on how to celebrate Thanksgiving safely.
The county emphasized that it’s still vital to work to slow the spread of COVID-19 and that, despite the cold months and inevitable pandemic fatigue, community members should not let their guards down now.
According to the guidelines, high-risk activities include:
- Going shopping in crowded stores just before, on, or after Thanksgiving
- Participating in or watching a crowded race
- Attending crowded parades
- Attending large indoor gatherings with people from outside your household
Moderate-risk activities include:
- Having a small outdoor dinner with family and friends in your community
- Visiting pumpkin patches or orchards where people use hand sanitizer before touching produce, wearing masks is encouraged or enforced, and people can maintain social distancing
- Attending small outdoor sports events with safety precautions in place
Lower risk activities include:
- Having a small dinner with people who live in your household
- Having virtual dinner and sharing recipes with friends and family
- Preparing recipes for family and neighbors and delivering them in a way that doesn’t involve contact with others
- Shopping online the day after Thanksgiving, as opposed to in-person
- Watching sports events, parades, and movies from home
The county advised against participating in any in-person activities if you or anyone in your household has, or are showing, symptoms of COVID-19 and reiterated that traveling increases the chance of getting and spreading COVID-19.
The health department suggests following the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s recommendations on holiday gatherings to further lower risk.
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