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Experts say you don’t have to cancel Thanksgiving. Just be safe

Experts recently told The Associated Press that you don’t have to cancel Thanksgiving. Just be safe with how you celebrate

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Hikers take advantage of the unseasonably warm weather Monday, Nov. 9, 2020, while walking among the dunes at Warren Dunes State Park in Bridgman, Mich.

Hikers take advantage of the unseasonably warm weather Monday, Nov. 9, 2020, while walking among the dunes at Warren Dunes State Park in Bridgman, Mich.

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The coronavirus pandemic might be threatening how you plan to celebrate Thanksgiving Day. But that doesn’t mean you have to cancel the holiday outright, experts recently told The Associated Press.

What’s going on?

Multiple experts recently told The Associated Press that Americans don’t have to cancel their Thanksgiving Day plans altogether. Rather, they can celebrate safely.

Lacy Fehrenbach, Washington state deputy secretary of health, told the AP that spending time with your family is good for your health, too.

  • Fehrenbach said the virus is likely to spread indoors. So, she said, it’s a good idea for families to create an outdoor tradition if they’re celebrating. That might include a hike with the family, she said.

Other Americans plan to see their grandparents on Zoom for Thanksgiving. There might also be a program between neighbors to eat pie in their driveways, according to The Associated Press.

What about other experts?

Dr. Anthony Fauci recently told CNN you may want to avoid Thanksgiving if you’re in a COVID-19 hot spot.

  • “I say that some people in this country are going to be a relatively normal type of a Thanksgiving but in other areas of the country, it’s gonna be — you better hold off and maybe just have immediate family. Make sure you do it in a way that people wear masks and you don’t have large crowds of people. You know, I’d like to say that everything is gonna be great by Thanksgiving, but I’m not so sure it is.”

A look at the guidelines ...

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recently said that Americans should avoid traveling to places that have high community levels of COVID-19 spread for the upcoming Thanksgiving Day holiday.

  • “Family and friends should consider the number and rate of COVID-19 cases in their community and in the community where they plan to celebrate when considering whether to host or attend a holiday celebration,” according to the CDC.