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Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, public health agencies are advising that the safest way to celebrate Thanksgiving this year is to celebrate with people in your household.

The Corpus Christi-Nueces County Public Health District wants to make sure we keep this holiday safe. If you choose to celebrate Thanksgiving with people outside your household, we hope you will consider the following:

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  • Consider virtual activities for those who cannot join or are considered too vulnerable to come in person. (For example, family members who are over 60 or those with underlining medical conditions.)
  • Think about how many people you can host and how you will safely set up dining and entertaining.
  • Carefully consider who to invite such as close family members.
  • Be extra careful 2 weeks prior to the celebrations and encourage your invited guests to do the same.



  • Consider eating outside, under a tent, or a well-ventilated porch.
  • Limit number of guests to ensure social distancing is possible.
  • Ventilate the space or room as much as possible – open your windows if it's nice weather.



  • Arrange seating that promotes social distancing of 6 feet or more.
  • Set up temporary seating and assign seats to have the most vulnerable guests protected.
  • Seat guests from the same household together.
  • Avoid setting out a buffet. Plate everyone's food and make single serve desserts.



  • Keep face masks on hand and encourage guests to bring their own to wear. Encourage guests to cover both their nose and mouth with their face masks.
  • Discourage guests from behaviors that promote close contact (do elbow greetings instead of handshakes).
  • Ask everyone to wash their hands upon arrival and encourage them to continue doing so.
  • Keep hand sanitizers and hand soap stocked and in visible locations.
  • Monitor your guests throughout the activities to ensure social distancing is maintained and everyone has a fun and safe celebration.



  • Remind invited guests if they have been exposed to someone positive with COVID-19 14 days prior to the celebration, showing any COVID-19 symptoms or have been in close contact with someone positive, to stay home.
  • Consider delivering a plate for any of your invited guests if they cannot make it due to illness.