2020 is definitely going down as a turkey in the history books, but celebrating Thanksgiving can still be enjoyable and memorable this year.
Here are some safety precautions, with Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) guidance in mind, to take if you’re inviting guests beyond your household:
Distance. Not many of us have a dining table long enough to distance 6 feet apart from each other. If the weather works out (sometimes it’s in the 60s on TDay in KC) you can sit outdoors. Or if the weather doesn’t cooperate, you can set up tables in other rooms throughout the house. Open a window or two to ventilate. Remember to mask when you’re not actively eating or drinking.
Individualize. While food itself has not been shown to spread the virus, contact has. When serving food, identify one person to serve all food so that multiple people are not handling the serving utensils. Have appetizers set up on individual plates (or even plastic baggies). Use single-use options for salt and pepper. Definitely dig out those wine charms to prevent sharing glasses!
Sanitize. Wash hands frequently and offer hand sanitizer into guests’ hands a few times throughout the day. Consider using disposable plates, utensils, and napkins as well as paper guest towels in restrooms. Great resource: The New Dime Store (Brookside) carries lots of seasonal paper products and an array of other useful items for Thanksgiving.