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How to Celebrate Thanksgiving During COVID-19


cornucopiaIt’s turkey season! Here’s how to celebrate Thanksgiving 2021 without compromising the health and safety of you and your guests.

Planning a Thanksgiving dinner 

If you’ll be hosting an in-person Thanksgiving dinner this year, take steps to ensure your day is as safe as possible

First, consider hosting it outside. Moving Thanksgiving dinner outdoors greatly reduces spreading coronavirus, according to the CDC. If that’s not possible, keep your home well-ventilated during Thanksgiving dinner by opening some windows and doors.

Second, try to limit the number of attendees. The CDC cautions that larger gatherings, by default, pose a greater risk of spread. Also, consider your state and local mandates regarding gatherings.

It’s also important to consider your guests’ hometowns when drawing up an invite list. Consider keeping Thanksgiving dinners to local guests only this year.

Attending and hosting a dinner

Whether attending a Thanksgiving dinner or welcoming dinner guests into your own home, follow the CDC’s general guidelines for reducing the risk of contagion. Set up a sanitizing station for guests to use upon arrival or offer to bring one to your host’s home. If possible, space the seating so there are several feet between each chair. Also, follow basic hygiene practices at Thanksgiving dinner, such as coughing and sneezing into the bend of your elbow.

Going virtual

For some, going virtual is the safest option. Here’s how to keep the holiday festive with a virtual celebration:

  • Plan a shared dinner experience in advance. This can include a shared menu and lighting the same scented candles.
  • Prep your dinners together on a video chat.
  • Drop off a basket of Thanksgiving treats at each of your virtual guests’ doorsteps.
  • Video chat your “shared” Thanksgiving dinners.

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