The coronavirus is still here and has invited itself to Thanksgiving dinner. Unfortunately, many experts believe this makes celebrating a traditional Thanksgiving more unsafe than usual. But this doesn’t have to mean the feast is canceled.
On November 26th, consider going virtual. If your annual guests are immune-compromised or visiting from out of town, this is the safest way to celebrate. Hosts are encouraged to “set a spot” for grandma by bringing your computer or tablet to the table and have her join in over a video call. Create an atmosphere that allows everyone to celebrate in spirit and together virtually.
The Great Outdoors
If you’re still planning on hosting an in-person meal, choose your location wisely. If possible, consider an outdoor celebration as a safer choice.
In colder climates, look into a tent, heaters, and blankets to keep your party warm and cozy.
Keep It in the Bubble
When making your guest list, try to limit it to those already in your “bubble.” If you expand your invite list, you may be adding risk. Ten people or fewer is the recommended number. With fewer guests, you will also be able to spread out more.
Clean, Disinfect, Then Clean & Disinfect Again
Though most hosts already do this, clean thoroughly before your guests arrive and after they leave. Disinfect high touch areas like counters, toilet lids, doorknobs, and faucets. A two in one disinfectant, such as A2Z is very effective and can help save time. Once your guests leave, clean and disinfect these areas again. Provide your guests with plenty of hand soap and have them sanitize when entering the house. We can help you with both high quality instant hand sanitizer and premium soap.
The Answer is Always ‘Buffet’
Have your guests serve themselves, buffet style, one at a time. Use disposable utensils, plates, and napkins. Ask that your guests wear masks when serving themselves and to sanitize before they begin. These measures may seem like a lot, but they’re the best way to keep everyone safe & healthy.
Call Out Sick
Even though it’s a holiday that celebrates togetherness, any guest not feeling well should be encouraged to stay home. A virtual celebration is still a celebration, after all.
Thanksgiving may look different this year, and though at times it may be hard to see, we still have a lot to be grateful for. Your pie may be virtual, but your blessings are not.