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Celebrating Thanksgiving Safely During A Pandemic

Celebrating Thanksgiving Safely During A Pandemic
By Mason Frenzel
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The holidays are a time when loved ones come together. Whether it’s participating in family traditions, repeated year after year, or forming new friendships, the holiday season is a time for community.

While Thanksgiving will be a bit different this year, you can still spend meaningful time giving thanks with family and friends. In this article, you can learn ways to celebrate the holiday safely, protecting your own health as well as that of your loved ones. Keep reading for tips on staying healthy and making this unconventional Thanksgiving a memory you will cherish for years to come.

The Game Plan.

The Center for Disease Control provides a list of guidelines you can use when deciding how to approach Thanksgiving this year. You can access the full list here.



Low Risk


  • If you have a health condition that could intensify your COVID-19 symptoms, the CDC says that the safest option is to celebrate at home with family members who live in your household.


  • You could also host a virtual Thanksgiving. By taking advantage of technology like FaceTime and Zoom, you can still spend Thanksgiving with your family and friends—even if you are not in the same room. The New York Times suggests brushing up on your technological skills and using them to link your smartphone or computer to your TV.



Medium Risk


  • If you live in a warm climate, you might opt to host an outdoor Thanksgiving celebration. Donning masks and staying six feet apart, you can still spend the holiday with your loved ones, and with minimal risk of contracting the virus.


  • You can visit pumpkin patches or apple orchards where safety precautions like social distancing and the use of hand sanitizer are strongly encouraged.



High Risk


  • In order to avoid contracting COVID-19, the CDC advises against taking part in any activity where several people are crowded into one space, such as a parade, dinner with individuals who do not live in your household, or a Thanksgiving-day race.
Holiday travel.

If travel is a necessity this Thanksgiving, there are a few strategies you can use to protect your and your family’s health.

First, always wash your hands after touching something that could be contaminated, and use hand sanitizer if you are unable to wash your hands. Especially when flying in a plane or traveling by train, be sure to maintain a distance of at least six feet from people outside of your household.

And if your Thanksgiving plans include a road trip, the CDC advises bringing your own food if you can. Otherwise, utilizing restaurant drive-throughs or take-out options can help you limit contact with others.

Make it unique.

Just because Thanksgiving this year may look different does not mean that it can’t be special. You might consider helping out a neighbor or friend whose health makes them vulnerable to the virus by delivering a meal or going grocery shopping for them.

Or, you can still connect with friends and family this holiday by participating in a meal share where each person prepares a dish and everyone ends up with a potluck-style Thanksgiving dinner. This way, you can still be together even when you are apart.

Ruby cares.

Here at Ruby, family is important. And as we enter this Thanksgiving season in the midst of a pandemic, we want to help protect our families and yours from the costs of COVID. Those costs not only include our health, but also our finances in the aftermath of medical bills. If you’re struggling under the weight of outstanding medical bills, Ruby can help. Find out how.

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