Thanksgiving will be here before you know it and the CDC is urging people to refrain from traveling long distances to visit with family during the holiday. (

The biggest reason is because travel increases the chance of getting and spreading COVID-19.

Most recently, the CDC issued guidelines recommending that families avoid trick-or-tricking altogether. That doesn't mean Halloween is canceled, but it does urge everyone to think about safety first.

And now the same goes for Thanksgiving. The CDC suggests that staying home is the best way to protect yourself and others.

The CDC has listed three risk levels for activities tied to Thanksgiving:

1. The low risk activities. For example: having a small dinner with only people who live in your household. Having a virtual dinner and sharing recipes with friends and family. Watching sports events, parades, and movies from home.

2. Moderate risk activities. For example: Visiting pumpkin patches or orchards where people use hand sanitizer before touching pumpkins or picking apples, wearing masks is encouraged or enforced, and people are able to maintain social distancing.

3. High risk activities. For example: going shopping in crowded stores. Attending crowded parades. Attending large indoor gatherings with people from outside of your household.

Thanksgiving is coming up in less than two months and the CDC has officially issued guidelines for celebrating Thanksgiving during the coronavirus pandemic. For more information please take some time to look over all three risk levels for activities tied to the holiday. (

Happy Thanksgiving and stay safe!

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