Health department guidance safe Thanksgiving

As Thanksgiving approaches this week, the Moore County Health Department is urging everyone to be cautious and take actions to limit exposure and decrease the spread of COVID-19.

The safest way to celebrate Thanksgiving this year is to stay home and be with those who live in your household. However, if you do decide to host or attend a holiday gathering, there are things you can do to reduce the risk of spreading COVID-19.

• Stay home if you are sick or have been exposed to COVID-19.

• Consider getting tested for COVID-19 before the event but know that this test is one point in time and you
should continue practicing all preventive measures like social distancing and wearing a mask even if you test
negative. Keep in mind, test results may be delayed given the Thanksgiving Holiday.

• Keep the guest list small.

• Host the gathering outdoors. If that isn’t possible, make sure the room is well ventilated by opening windows
and doors.

• Seat people who live together at their own table and keep tables at least 6ft apart from one another.

• Higher risk guests should strongly consider not attending Thanksgiving gatherings and instead attend virtually.

• Avoid self-serve food. Use single-use options or designate one person to serve food so that multiple people
aren’t handling food items.

• Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces like doorknobs, light switches, and sink faucets.



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