The CDC offers guidance for Thanksgiving travel preparations

Written by on October 16, 2020

The CDC offers guidance for Thanksgiving travel preparations

By Megan Frank, WLVR News

October 16, 2020

In 43 days, people across the country will be preparing a Thanksgiving feast. But, before you make any plans, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has some guidance to help prevent the spread of COVID-19.

Small or virtual gatherings are on the CDC’s recommended list for Thanksgiving this year. 

The agency says separating guests in different rooms or dining outdoors will help stop the spread of COVID-19.

Since travel increases the chance of coronavirus transmission, Dr. Cindy Hou, infection control officer for Jefferson Health New Jersey, says to choose carefully.

“If you get onto a mode of transportation that’s more crowded, and if people are lax with masks and hygiene, your risk increases. It also makes a difference if someone is traveling to or from an area that is a hot spot.”

As for Thanksgiving weekend, the CDC says people should shop online rather than in-person on Black Friday. 

Sports fans or parade-goers are encouraged to watch from home. The Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade will be held without crowds and will be television-only this year, for the first time in its history.

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