Thanksgiving During Covid-19


There's no question that COVID-19 has affected the holidays this year, and Thanksgiving will be no exception. During this time of year, family events, large gatherings and celebrations are shared. However, as we all know, it is advised not to have larger gatherings in order to stop the spread of the virus. This will undoubtedly present challenges on how family and friends can safely enjoy the holidays. Just as previous holidays that have already passed, there are several ways everyone can still enjoy Thanksgiving, while remaining safe and practicing social distancing. 


Below you will find ways to still enjoy Thanksgiving, without the increased risk of spreading the disease. 


  • Immediate household gatherings: Doing small gatherings will minimize the spread of infection. Since it's impossible to track everyone's whereabouts when traveling during the holidays, it's safest to have Thanksgiving with only your immediate household members.
  • Virtual dine-ins: A unique way to still enjoy Thanksgiving dinner with loved ones is to have a virtual dinner. Apps such as Zoom, Skype and Facetime have exploded in popularity this year in regard to staying connected with others, while not in their physical presence. 
  • Donations: With the number of financial hardships and tragedies caused by COVID this year, more families are in more need than ever for assistance. Donating can be a great way to celebrate while helping those in need. 
  • Outside gatherings: For those who live in a warmer climate, having a socially distant, outside Thanksgiving is a great alternative. Doing this will ensure that everyone can still have a great time, while still being safe. 
  • Ordering or sending food: Another great alternative to having guests over would be to send food via contactless delivery. Furthermore, ordering food will save you a trip to the grocery store where you are at higher risk for contracting the disease. Sure, ordering food for Thanksgiving may be somewhat unconventional. Then again, this year has been anything but conventional. 


While there will undoubtedly be many individuals disappointed by the fact that they may have to adjust or cancel Thanksgiving plans for the year, keep in mind that there continues to be thousands of new COVID cases each and every day. This should be weighed very carefully before considering any large gatherings for the holidays. 


The law firm of Hupy and Abraham profoundly cares about the community's health during these uncertain times. We hope that you and your family have a wonderful and safe holiday season. For more resources and articles, CLICK HERE.

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