The year 2020 has been a year like no other, presenting all kinds of new obstacles and challenges, and forcing us to get creative and adjust to many new protocols and lifestyle changes to prevent the spread of Covid-19. The main change we've been asked to make is to social distance. Remaining separated from loved ones has been difficult on everyone, especially with the holidays coming up. Here are the guidelines posted by San Diego County regarding Thanksgiving celebrations:
"To minimize the spread of COVID-19 and keep families safe during Thanksgiving, the County of San Diego offers guidance for common activities:
- Remote events with family and friends, such as a virtual Thanksgiving dinner, sharing recipes, a virtual turkey trot, or online game.
- Televised or live streaming events at home with members of your own household.
- Outdoor orchards, food markets, and seasonal craft fairs where state guidance is followed and people use hand sanitizer, wear face coverings, and maintain a 6-foot distance from others.
- Get your flu vaccine to protect yourself and minimize complications from the flu or COVID-19 viruses.
- According to Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) travel considerations, traveling increases the chance of getting and spreading COVID-19. Staying home is the best way to protect yourself and others.
- In-person sports events, parades, and movies where more than 3 households are present.
- In-person Black Friday or other shopping events where there may be large gatherings of people.
- Under California Department of Public Health guidance, in-person events or parties with more than 3 households are not permitted, even if outdoors. Remember, the smaller the number of people, the safer.
- Carnivals, festivals, and live entertainment are not allowed because close interactions increase the risk of infection.
- In-person turkey trots or similar events are not allowed because participants need to walk or run close together, and it is difficult to maintain physical distancing.
Many traditional Thanksgiving activities can be high-risk for spreading viruses. There are safer, alternative ways to celebrate and include the following:
- Consider virtual connections through video calls or video-sharing, such as sending a pre-made Thanksgiving dinner or ingredients through online food delivery services and eat together virtually.
- Shop online rather than in person for Black Friday deals.
- Donate food to charities at drive-through mobile pantries, or through an online food bank fundraiser.
- Celebrate Green Friday by visiting a local park or preserve for family-friendly activities.
- Visit pick-your-own produce farms that follow California Department of Food and Agriculture guidelines."
While the safest way to enjoy Thanksgiving this year is to not gather at all, there will still be circumstances where families choose to celebrate together. We highly recommend getting a Covid test and attending only after getting a negative result and quarantine from the time of your test until the gathering. We also recommend that you have your home professionally sanitized by a company like Bio-One to make sure that there are no lingering bacteria to be picked up by your otherwise healthy guests, especially if you have elderly family members attending your gathering. Give us a call for a free estimate today! (858) 261-4527
We are so thankful to be a part of this wonderful community, and we wish everyone a safe and healthy holiday season! Happy Thanksgiving!