Thanksgiving is just around the corner and as the pandemic continues into the end of 2020, things are going to be looking a little different for the holiday this year.

COVID cases are continuing to rise across the country and therefore, the CDC has updated their guidelines for what is and is not acceptable this Thanksgiving.

A few months ago, their guidelines included staying home instead of traveling and not shopping in big crowds for Black Friday. Now the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention are upping the ante, offering much stricter guidelines for Thanksgiving get-togethers.

Here are a few new guidelines to follow:

  • Ditch your regular mask for a mask with two or more layers.
  • Bring your own food, drinks, plates and utensils to any get together.
  • Avoid going in and out of areas where food is being prepared.
  • Opt for single-use condiments and throw away utensils that have not previously been used.
  • Store your mask safely when you aren't using it.

Of course, regular COVID guidelines are still in place, including wearing a mask, being socially distant from others and washing your hands often. As mentioned, these new updated guidelines are much more strict than what the CDC previously offered.

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If you or someone you know is in need of a meal this Thanksgiving, the DECC will continue with their tradition of offering up free meals. However, the meals this year will be delivered in light of the pandemic instead of a large gathering at the venue. If you are interested in requesting a meal, you can do so here.