A: We are just a few weeks away from Thanksgiving and there are a number of factors you and your family may want to consider before celebrating the holiday together:

  • Be aware of community COVID-19 levels. If you are traveling within North Dakota, use information provided daily from the State Health Department to make informed decisions about if you are traveling in that part of the state. Be aware of where other individuals are traveling from.
  • Be mindful of the behaviors of other attendees prior to the gathering. If the holiday will be attended by individuals who ignore the universal precautions, that event will pose a higher risk to you and your family.
  • Do not host or attend festivities if you, or anyone in your household has been diagnosed with COVID-19, has symptoms of COVID-19, is waiting for COVID-19 test results, or may have been exposed to someone with COVID-19 in the last 14 days.
  • Consider the size of the event. The size of a gathering should be determined based on the ability to limit contact between attendees.
  • During the celebration, remember to maintain a physical distance. Avoid restrooms during high traffic times and avoid busy eating areas.
  • Be mindful of physical contact. Share waves versus hugs, and minimize gestures that bring you into close contact with other individuals.
  • Make sure everyone washes their hands with soap and water for 20 seconds before and after preparing, serving and eating food.

You may want to make some significant changes to your Thanksgiving plans for 2020:

  • Have a small event only with individuals who live in your household.
  • Shop online versus venturing out for Black Friday sales.
  • Watch sporting events, parades, other large gatherings from home versus in person.

For more information and tips about holidays during the pandemic: