Thanksgiving alert: Be safe and responsible this holiday season

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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.

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