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Indiana health officials release COVID-19 guidelines for Thanksgiving gatherings

Posted at 6:45 PM, Nov 18, 2020
and last updated 2020-11-18 18:45:50-05

INDIANAPOLIS — Indiana health officials recommend keeping Thanksgiving gatherings small this year due to the rise in COVID-19 numbers.

“There will be more than 5,000 empty seats at Indiana Thanksgiving tables this year because of COVID-19,” Dr. Kristina Box, commissioner of the Indiana State Department of Health, said. “Let's all make those hard choices to prevent that number from growing so that Hoosier families can celebrate together for years to come.”

Box is urging people to use caution to help prevent the spread of COVID-19.

The Indiana State Department of Health is asking people to consider the following tips to celebrate a safer Thanksgiving this year:

  • Visit your loved ones at long-term care facilities instead of bringing them home
  • Decrease your exposures before holiday gatherings
  • Wear a mask
  • Wash your hands
  • Physically distance yourself from others while inside
  • Screen everyone entering your home to see if they have any COVID-19 symptoms or recent exposures to the virus
  • Clean surfaces

The state health department also released information on activities based on their risk levels. You can view this information below:

The Center for Disease Control and Prevention also released its guidelines, also urging people to keep gatherings small

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