As the holiday season approaches, state health officials have released guidance on celebrating with family and friends during the coronavirus pandemic.
"With Thanksgiving and other holidays fast approaching, many families are considering how they can celebrate safely," said Gov. Roy Cooper at a press briefing last week. "I know it's difficult after months of having to be careful but don't let frustration and fatigue cloud your judgement when it comes to staying safe and protecting your loved ones."
According to health officials, the best way to reduce your risk of viral transmission is to limit travel during the holidays and limit physical contact with people who don’t live in your household. It is recommended that those who plan to gather should wear a face covering and maintain six feet of distance between guests, especially when getting together with someone at high risk of complications of COVID-19. People who plan to travel should consider having a COVID-19 screening test, said Dr. Mandy Cohen, the Secretary of the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services.
“As we know, a screening test is not perfect,” said Cohen. “But it can catch people who have the virus and do not have symptoms yet.”
The guidance from the State also recommends holding gatherings outdoors when possible, and having one person serve food. Guidance for Thanksgiving Celebrations and Black Friday shopping is available on the N.C. Department of Health and Human Service's website.