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COVID Thanksgiving

Updated: 6 days ago

Thanksgiving. It’s a great time to give thanks to God for his many blessings, and it’s a great time to gather with family and friends for good food, good times, and good memories.

It’s also a great time to be safe and responsible. Amid increased COVID transmission in our community, it is vitally important that we all work together to minimize the transmission of the coronavirus and other germs. We need to be safe and responsible at home and school by practicing the preventive measures (3W’s: wash your hands, wear a mask, and watch your distance), doing daily health checks, and staying home when ill or showing symptoms. Working together, our school and homes will remain safe and healthy places for all of us.

The safest way to celebrate Thanksgiving this year is to celebrate with people in your household. If you plan to spend Thanksgiving with people outside your household, consider these steps to make your celebration safer:

  • Stay home if you do not feel well or are at higher risk.

  • Keep gatherings small.

  • Hold small gatherings outside, if possible. Wear masks and distance yourself from other guests.

  • Open windows and/or doors to allow air to flow, when possible, if gathering indoors.

  • Wear a mask indoors and outdoors if gathering with anyone that does not live with you.

  • Encourage guests to bring their own food, drinks, and treats; do not share utensils or drinking cups.

  • Always stay at least 6 feet away from people that do not live with you.

  • Remember who came to the gathering; keep a list of guests in case one of them gets COVID-19.

After Thanksgiving, be sure to monitor the health of everyone in your household. Do a daily health check, and if anyone is ill or showing symptoms, stay home from work or school.

The Thanksgiving holiday may involve extra planning this year. But taking safety precautions can allow you and your family and friends to celebrate and minimize the risk of becoming infected with or spreading the COVID-19 virus.

Give thanks to the LORD, for he is good, for his steadfast love endures forever.” Psalm 136:1