Guidance for Thanksgiving Gatherings

Thanksgiving celebrations may look different in 2020 and government is reminding Nova Scotians of the current public health measures as the holiday approaches.

People can continue to gather in close social groups of up to 10 without physical distancing. Nova Scotians are strongly encouraged to celebrate Thanksgiving with family and friends from their consistent group of 10.

It remains important for Nova Scotians to strictly adhere to the public health order and directives – practise good hand washing and other hygiene steps, maintain six feet of physical distance when and where required.

Here are a few other tips:
— Regularly clean while preparing food and disinfect other high touch surface areas in the household such as washrooms, doorknobs, countertops, tables, chairs, etc.
— Do not host if you or someone in your household are feeling unwell or are self-isolating for any reason
— Do not host guests who are feeling unwell or are self-isolating for any reason; you can send a meal home for them
— Think about how to make food service more COVID-safe – for example, designate one person to prepare plates instead of passing around bowls and platters with common utensils

Rotational workers who are self-isolating are reminded that although government has eased some of the self-isolation requirements, they are not permitted to have people from outside their household to visit them on their property or in their home or go to another person’s home during their self-isolation period.

Anyone who leaves the Atlantic Bubble for Thanksgiving celebrations must self-isolate for 14 days upon returning to Atlantic Canada.

Guidance for upcoming holidays will be released closer to the date of each holiday and will reflect the epidemiology of the province at that time.