PISCATAWAY, NJ — What are you thankful for this year? While some may be traveling to see family or friends, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is recommending celebrating virtually or with only the people you live with.

If you are choosing to gather with others, the CDC recommends following these steps:

  • Have a small outdoor meal with family and friends who live in your community.
  • Limit the number of guests.
  • Have conversations with guests ahead of time to set expectations for celebrating together.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces and items between use.
  • If celebrating indoors, bring in fresh air by opening windows and doors, if possible. You can use a window fan in one of the open windows to blow air out of the window. This will pull fresh air in through the other open windows.
  • Limit the number of people in food preparation areas.
  • Have guests bring their own food and drink.
  • If sharing food, have one person serve food and use single-use options, like plastic utensils.
  • Wear a mask
  • Wash your hands often

If you do plan to travel for Thanksgiving, the CDC asks that you:

Remember that people without symptoms may be able to spread COVID-19 or the flu.