NC offers advice for a COVID-19 safe Thanksgiving, Black Friday
Mimicking guidance from local doctors and national health experts, the N.C. Department of Health and Human Services is offering their own suggestions for safe holiday celebrations.Posted — Updated
Mimicking guidance from local doctors and national health experts, the N.C. Department of Health and Human Services is offering their own suggestions for safe holiday celebrations.
The NCDHHS recommends social distancing and other precautions for both Thanksgiving and Black Friday shopping this year.
Keep Thanksgiving 'household only'
"The best way to protect loved ones during Thanksgiving is to limit travel and gatherings with anyone who does not live in your household," said NCDHHS Secretary Dr. Mandy Cohen. "If you do plan to get together, there are important steps you can take to reduce the risk of spreading COVID-19."
"Consider getting a screening test ahead of your Thanksgiving travel or gathering. If you test positive, stay home and isolate. If you test negative, it’s not a free pass. Wear a mask and practice all 3Ws, including keeping 6 feet of distance from others and washing hands often," Cohen said.
Anyone over the age of 65 or who is at higher risk for COVID-19 complications, including pregnant women and people with diabetes, high blood pressure, breathing issues or obesity, is encouraged to avoid gathering with extended family
Black Friday goes virtual
Online shopping is best for Black Friday this year, state officials say. Anyone who does shop in person should follow the 3Ws -- wear a mask, wash your hands and wait at least six feet apart from others -- and avoid gathering in crowds.
How to keep it fun
The guidelines may be less than ideal for many families, but the NCDHHS does offer suggestions to keep spirits high:
- Prepare and safely deliver Thanksgiving meals to senior citizens or family members who cannot gather for the holidays.
- Use Zoom or another platform to participate in a virtual Thanksgiving dinner with family members near and far.
- Instead of going out on Thanksgiving, watch the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade or a holiday movie with your household.
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