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Posted on: November 13, 2020

Celebrating Thanksgiving During COVID-19

Photograph of Thanksgiving table setting

Any gathering with friends or family can increase your chances of being infected with the COVID-19 virus and/or spreading it to others. The following tips can help keep you and your loved ones stay safe.

  • One of the safest ways to celebrate is only with those who live in your household.  If you would like to celebrate with others who are not in your household, consider setting up a time to communicate virtually or by phone.  
  • If you are planning to celebrate with others who don’t live in your household, remember to wear a mask, practice social distancing around guests, and maintain good handwashing.  
  • Limit the number of guests you are celebrating with. The smaller the gathering is the less likely it is that someone is infected and putting loved ones at risk. Be aware that NJ Governor Murphy’s latest Executive Order, Effective November 17, states that general indoor gatherings are limited to 10 people.
  • Limit those who are in the kitchen area where food is being prepared and ask guests to bring their own food.  Avoid sharing food, utensils, and drinks with others. If you are delivering food to those you care about, leave the food at their front doorstep to avoid having close contact with them.
  • If you are hosting Thanksgiving at your home, be sure to clean and disinfect commonly touched surfaces in your home.  If possible, open the windows and doors to allow air to flow in rooms where guests will be or have your guests be outdoors, if the weather allows.
  • If you are traveling for the holiday outside of New Jersey, be sure to check the travel advisory list for New Jersey by visiting for more information. As of November 10, NJ.Gov reports that there are 45 states and jurisdictions on the list of “impacted states” to and from which non-essential travel is discouraged; those who have traveled to any of those areas are asked to self-quarantine for 14 days for their health and safety and for the health and safety of others with whom they may come in contact. 

To save lives and stop the spread of COVID-19:

  • wear a mask,
  • wash your hands,
  • practice social distancing,
  • stay home if you are sick. and
  • download the COVID Alert NJ App.

For more guidance on celebrations, see the CDC's page on COVID-19 and holidays.

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