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Oct 08
Give thanks safely this Thanksgiving

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It may be tradition in your household to have family and friends over for turkey, stuffing and pumpkin pie on Thanksgiving, and whether you're hosting a gathering or just attending one, be sure to follow these safety tips from Fraser Health to protect yourself and your loved ones.

Before planning or RSVPing to a dinner, check if regional restrictions on personal gatherings apply to your area. There are currently regional measures in effect for Fraser East, including Chilliwack, Abbotsford, Agassiz, Harrison, Mission, Hope and Boston Bar. See more details at fraserhealth.ca/covidsense.

The district's health and safety protocols – Check Up, Back Up, Wash Up, Mask Up, Vax Up – aren't just for schools, they apply well to social gatherings and keeping yourself and others safe from disease.

Check Up: If you are sick, do not host or attend gatherings. Instead, get tested right away and self-isolate until you receive your results. For information on when and where to get tested, visit the BCCDC's website.

Back Up, Wash Up, Mask Up: As always, maintaining physical distance, wearing a mask and washing your hands are key to minimizing the spread of COVID-19. Use these layers of protection to better ensure no one goes home with anything other than turkey leftovers.

Vax Up: To maximize safety, it's recommended all attendees 12 and older are fully vaccinated, meaning they've received both doses of the vaccine and at least two weeks have passed since the second dose. The vaccine is the most important and effective precaution one can take against COVID-19. To register for your first or second dose, visit getvaccinated.gov.bc.ca.

Even if everyone is vaccinated, extra measures are still important, especially if anyone is elderly, has chronic health conditions, is immunocompromised or is not fully vaccinated.

If the weather permits, consider celebrating outside where there is plenty of fresh air, perhaps having a Thanksgiving lunch instead of dinner. Or, if the party is indoors, open the windows and doors to allow some air circulation.

And before anyone comes over, talk with your guests ahead of time to ensure everyone understands the expectations around COVID safety.

For more information on how to stay COVID-safe, visit fraserhealth.ca/covidsense.

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