Health officials give Thanksgiving safety tips

Health departments advise against traditional holiday gatherings

Thanksgiving safety tips

WICHITA FALLS, Texas (TNN) - The holiday season is approaching with Thanksgiving this week and health officials want to be sure you’re staying safe.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Wichita Falls-Wichita County Public Health District do not suggest celebrating the holidays in large gatherings. They say the best alternatives are having dinner with the people that live in your household and going virtual.

The public health district says virtual gatherings are not completely new to do.

“People have been calling their families and doing things differently. We just need to think about doing that even with our families who live locally,” said Lou Kreidler, director of health at Wichita Falls-Wichita County Public Health District.

Small dinners and virtual gatherings have lower risks in spreading COVID-19. A risk in a setting with more people is that someone may feel well but be infected. The individual would have exposed everyone at the gathering.

Officials say if you host or attend a large event it’s recommended to wear a mask and maintain social distancing. Outdoor seating will make it easier to social distance. They also recommend everyone bring their own food.

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