CHICAGO – To help families safely celebrate Thanksgiving this year, state Rep. Justin Slaughter, D-Chicago, is highlighting the Illinois Department of Public Health’s (IDPH) and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) guidance encouraging families this year to stay at home with immediate family.
“The COVID-19 pandemic has impacted every aspect of our lives, but it is important to take necessary safety precautions to protect ourselves, family and friends this holiday season,” said Slaughter. “Especially if you know that loved ones may be at-risk or older, following the IDPH safety recommendations will keep families safe and help prevent the spread of COVID-19.”
The CDC and IDPH are discouraging travel across states or celebrating with anyone who does not live in one’s household, instead suggesting that families pursue a virtual dinner while keeping in-person arrangements confined to the members within a household. If you choose to attend a gathering outside your home, in addition to mask wearing, social distancing and hand washing often, it is recommended that you bring your own food, plates and utensils. For more information please visit the CDC website at https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/daily-life-coping/holidays/thanksgiving.html.
“Traditional Thanksgiving celebrations with families and friends are fun but can increase the spread of both the coronavirus and the flu, because people tend to let their guard down in their homes amongst friends and family,” said Slaughter. “Although I know it can be painful to not travel to see loved ones, we must trust the science and do our best to keep everyone healthy until a vaccine is ready to go.”