Recommendations for an Enjoyable and Safe Thanksgiving

Published on 23 November 2020 00:00

November 23, 2020

INDIANAPOLIS – Thanksgiving is usually a time for friends and family to gather and celebrate. Unfortunately, with ongoing concerns due to the COVID-19 pandemic, this year is going to look different than previous ones. Thanksgiving can be safe and enjoyable if everyone follows the guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

“There are many ways for us all to celebrate Thanksgiving this year without placing ourselves or others at risk,” said Virginia A. Caine, MD, director and chief medical officer of the Marion County Public Health Department. “The number of COVID-19 cases is rising sharply, and small household gatherings are a major contributor to the spread.”

Those who plan to host a gathering during Thanksgiving that brings people together from different households, or those who attend a gathering hosted by someone else, should follow these safety measures from CDC:

CDC is advising against traveling this Thanksgiving due to the high levels of COVID-19 cases across the U.S., and says that the safest way to celebrate is at home with the people in your household. Anyone who does travel should follow these safety measures during the trip to protect themselves and others from the virus:

It is very important to note that a person with COVID-19, or who has been exposed to the virus, should not attend in-person Thanksgiving gatherings if he or she:

“The more of these prevention measures that are followed, the safer a Thanksgiving gathering will be,” added Dr. Caine.


Curt Brantingham, M.A.
Media/Public Information Coordinator
Health & Hospital Corporation of Marion County
Marion County Public Health Department
Indianapolis, IN

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