Coronavirus: How to celebrate Thanksgiving safely in Guelph

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COVID-19 has thrown a major wrench into Thanksgiving planning this year and that became a hot topic at Queen’s Park. – Oct 6, 2020

Guelph’s medical officer of health has laid out ways of celebrating Thanksgiving safely by not inviting the novel coronavirus to dinner.

“We need to get creative to ensure we celebrate safely,” Dr. Nicola Mercer said.

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Her recommendation is that if you are in your home, limit your gathering to only those you live with.

“Keeping activities in the home limited to only members of the household is the safest way to avoid inviting COVID for Thanksgiving dinner,” Mercer said.

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If your gathering is in your backyard, in a park or on a patio, limit close and physical contact to those you live with and maintain physical distancing, hand hygiene and face masking with everyone else.

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The provincial government has set a limit of 25 people for outside gatherings, but Mercer is encouraging everyone to keep gatherings as small as possible.

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Another option is to eat at a restaurant and those doing so should choose a patio if they are dining with people outside their household.

“Please take advantage of the weather and meet outside or meet virtually to help reduce the spread of the virus and keep friends and loved ones safe,” Mercer said.

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