November 18, 2020 by Carol Britton Meyer
With the approach of Thanksgiving next week, the Massachusetts Department of Public Health has issued COVID-19-related recommendations on its website related to lower- and higher-risk celebrations and activities, shared at last night's Selectmen's meeting by Asst. Town Administrator Michelle Monsegur.
Under state COVID-19 guidelines, gatherings at private residences are restricted to 10 people indoors and 25 people outdoors, and they must end by 9:30 p.m.
The MDPH recommendations include:
* avoid shaking hands and hugging; wave and greet friends and family verbally instead;
* wear a face mask when not eating or drinking;
* refrain from sharing food and drinks;
* avoid singing, dancing, and shouting, because such activities increase the chances of catching COVID-19 through the air;
* Wash hands often with soap and water;
* remain at least six feet apart from others;
* avoid in-person gatherings with people at a higher risk for severe illness from COVID-19, such as older adults and those with certain medical conditions; and
* improve ventilation by opening windows and doors if gathering inside.
"Please be safe and responsible this holiday season," Monsegur said.