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Tips for Celebrating Turkey Day and Shopping Safely

Nov 16, 2020 8:12:00 AM / by NW AHEC

NCDHHS released new guidance for Thanksgiving celebrations and Black Friday shopping to help North Carolinians gauge the risks, protect their friends and loved ones, and slow the spread of COVID-19.

Here are a few tips to keep your family safe during Thanksgiving:

  • Limit travel
  • Limit physical contact with people who do not live in your household
  • Practice the 3 W's - Wear a face covering, keep 6 feet of social distancing, wash your hands
  • Have a COVID-19 screening test if you plan to attend family gatherings
  • Encourage your guests to limit contact with people outside of their households for 14 days prior to gathering
  • If anyone is showing symptoms, ask them to stay home
  • Clean and disinfect commonly touched surfaces
  • Keep the guest list small
  • Set up a Zoom virtual event for guests to attend (especially those at higher risk)
  • Host outdoors if possible - or provide well ventilated space by opening windows and doors
  • Arrange tables and chairs to allow for social distancing between guests
  • Limit people in the kitchen
  • Identify one person to serve the food so that multiple people are not handling the utensils
  • Use single-use options like salad dressings, condiments so that people are not handling the items (or identify one person to serve sharable items)

Here are a few tips to keep your family safe during Black Friday Shopping:

  • Use online shopping or curbside pick-up instead of in-person shopping
  • Check store hours and go at off-times, so there are fewer people in the store
  • Check to see if the store has special hours for people with high risk for illness
  • Wear a face mask and bring hand sanitizer
  • Practice the 3 W's - Wear a face covering, keep 6 feet of social distancing, wash your hands
  • Use hand sanitizer before you enter the store and when you exit. Wash hands when you return home for at least 20 seconds.
  • Have a list of items to limit browsing, do not unnecessarily touch multiple items
  • Use touchless payment methods
  • Avoid shopping in stores that attract crowds
  • Avoid shopping with a non-household member

 

STAY SAFE AND HEALTHY THIS HOLIDAY SEASON!

 

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