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
• 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.