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Share Turkey, not COVID this Thanksgiving!

Here are some top BC health expert tips on how to do it safely!

With turkey, thanks, and togetherness at top of mind for many this weekend, B.C. health experts have some tips on how to give thanks this holiday season, without giving COVID-19 a chance to spread.

Oct. 12 will mark Thanksgiving across the country, but like just about everything else during the pandemic, it will require sacrifice and adapting, according to B.C.’s Provincial Health Officer Dr. Bonnie Henry.

Canada’s Chief Public Health Officer, Dr. Theresa Tam, took to Twitter on Sunday to say it’s time to create “some ingenious Canadian COVID-19 ‘holiday hacks.'”

Dr. Tam’s call was echoed by experts in B.C. who said get creative, but stick to the basics when it comes to COVID hygiene practices and don’t forget to be meticulous about hand washing, covering coughs, and wearing non-medical masks or face coverings where appropriate.

How to Give Thanks Safely

“Avoid shared meals or shared utensils. Not using the same serving spoon is obvious. Not feeding from the same plate and handing it across the table,” said Dr. Srinivas Murthy, a clinical associate professor of paediatrics at the University of British Columbia.

Murthy also warned while sticking to six is the recommendation from Dr. Henry, even within that bubble of six, people need to adapt during Thanksgiving, upcoming holidays and celebrations.

“Keep it shorter than you would usually. Not necessarily have the long, prolonged meals that we had previously,” Dr. Murthy said because the risk of spreading the virus increases with the duration of exposure within a close space. 

How about Thanksgiving to Go?

Now, if you plan to have a small bubble over to mark the day, some restaurants are stepping in with their own holiday hack and prepping Thanksgiving to-go packages to order.

This is one way of hosting a COVID-safe gathering with fewer people involved in bringing food from different places.

It really gives people peice of mind that they can show up to someone’s house that’s hopefully within their bubble and everything is going to come pre-prepped, pre-ready to go, and so, there’s minimal people having to be involved in the actual cooking,.

The food can be pre-prepped in one location, a restaurant, by staff gloved and masked, working at a distance and picked up to be heated and dished out.

If you like this option, here is a link to find one that may suit your needs; https://dailyhive.com/vancouver/thanksgiving-dinner-to-go-vancouver-2019

Dr. Henry’s message is, “Make our celebration large in thanks, large in gratitude, but small in size.”

Dr. Henry said getting creative is the name of the game when it comes to the holiday season. With Thanksgiving just days away, it could be the first look at how future holidays can be spent safely.


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