DHEC releases COVID-19 safety precautions for a healthy Thanksgiving

COLUMBIA, SC (WOLO)– The South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control offered recommendations on how to more safely celebrate Thanksgiving during the COVID-19 pandemic. Experts continue to emphasize the importance of wearing your mask and practicing social distancing.

“Try to keep gatherings small in terms of different households invited, ensure that proper social distancing and mask-wearing is observed, consider outdoor celebrations if weather permits, and bring more people together safely using video meetings,” said Dr. Michael J. Kacka, DHEC Physician and Chief Medical Officer.

Experts also recommend limiting your activities two weeks before Thanksgiving gatherings in order to limit the spread of COVID-19. DHEC suggests activities considered lower-risk by the Centers for Disease Control, such as the following:

  • Having a small dinner with only people who live in your household
  • Preparing traditional family recipes for family and neighbors, especially those at higher risk of severe illness from COVID-19 and delivering them in a way that doesn’t involve contact with others. Currently, CDC says there is no evidence to suggest that handling or consuming food is associated with COVID-19
  • Having a virtual dinner and sharing recipes with friends and family
  • Shopping online rather than in person
  • Watching sports events, parades, and movies from home

DHEC recommends avoiding travel if possible, but if you must, DHEC suggests short car trips with those in your household, avoiding stops along the way. CDC recommended travel tips can be found here.

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