Thanksgiving in 2020- How to Minimize the COVID-19 Risk

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The global pandemic has entirely changed our lifestyle and remaining safe during these tough times is the biggest priority for every individual.

Considering the festive season ahead, the CDC has issued a long list of safety guidelines that helps in understanding the risk and minimizing the spread of the infection.

Needless to say, Thanksgiving in 2020 isn’t going to be the same as we thought it would be. Considering the guidelines, everyone must plan their Thanksgiving just as they did for Halloween by making it fun with minimal risk of infection.

Limiting the Number of Guests

The risk of infection significantly surges when you invite more and more of your friends and family members. You need to restrict the number of guests during the celebration. It would be great idea to plan your celebration on your lawn, which again minimizes the risk.

Inviting local acquaintances should be encouraged as the ones that are traveling from other cities or states may use public transport that further increases the chance of contamination which could potentially risk everyone’s life.

Proper Ventilation

Dining indoors increases the risk of the virus spreading as the droplets along with aerosols from the infected individuals may land on surfaces that can further infect your loved ones.

On the other hand, if you plan your celebrations outdoors the risk of the infection spreading drops significantly and you can enjoy your evening without any hassle. If you don’t have an open space and there’s no other option than to celebrate indoors, it’s important to ensure the place is well ventilated.

The Length of Visit

It’s important to emphasize the overall celebration time as the risk of infection increases if your guests stay for a longer time.

Ensure to limit the length of their stay and plan things accordingly since we cannot ignore the severity of this infection that can affect any individual.

Apart from this, if you’re thinking about a movie or a web series with one of your guests that have travelled from another city; ensure you maintain adequate social distance and follow the necessary safety protocols. This is important as many people are not symptomatic or may develop symptoms even after 10-14 days.

Avoid Crowded Parties

It’s always a wise decision to restrict your celebration with your dear ones. Many people who are thinking of partying as they did before the pandemic should reconsider as this could be the biggest risk for individuals with weak immunity since COVID-19 may lead to severe symptoms for some people.

Restructuring your event and minimizing your guests can help during large celebrations but it’s strongly recommended to use masks, sanitize hands, and follow social distancing practices while you enjoy the festivities.


Social gatherings during Thanksgiving undeniably increase the risk of infection. It’s up to you how you manage to stay safe at home.

One must avoid handshaking and hugging and maintain adequate distance to minimize the risk. The hosts must understand the risk and must serve the dinner in a way that reduces any chance of infection.

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