Here Are Dr. Strang’s Tips For Having A Safe Thanksgiving Gathering

Thanksgiving celebrations are most definitely going to look different in 2020. Dr. Strang and the government are reminding Nova Scotians of the current public health measures as we get ready to put our turkeys in the oven.

Nova Scotians are being encouraged to celebrate Thanksgiving with family and friends that are in their consistent group of 10.

Anyone who leaves the Atlantic Bubble for Thanksgiving celebrations must self-isolate for 14 days upon returning to Atlantic Canada.

“Nova Scotians have made changes to their daily lives to help reduce the spread of COVID-19, and it’s no different for Thanksgiving,” said Dr. Robert Strang, Nova Scotia’s chief medical officer of health.

“When deciding who to invite, consider the impacts on family and friends who may be more vulnerable and adjust your Thanksgiving celebrations to be as safe as possible.”

Thanksgiving Gathering Safety Tips:

  • regularly clean while preparing food and disinfect other high touch surface areas in the household such as washrooms, doorknobs, countertops, tables, chairs, etc.
  • do not host if you or someone in your household are feeling unwell or are self-isolating for any reason
  • do not host guests who are feeling unwell or are self-isolating for any reason; you can send a meal home for them
  • think about how to make food service more COVID-safe – for example, designate one person to prepare plates instead of passing around bowls and platters with common utensils

Rotational workers who are self-isolating are reminded they are not permitted to have people from outside their household to visit them on their property or in their home or go to another person’s home during their self-isolation period.

Nova Scotians are reminded to strictly adhere to the public health orders and directives. Continue to practice good hand washing and other hygiene steps. Don’t forget to maintain six feet of physical distance when required.

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