North Carolina Releases COVID-19 Guidance for Thanksgiving Holiday

CHARLOTTE, NC.–  June 3rd was the last time George Washington III saw his father.

“It is not something I want people to experience. Not the personal pain, not the sickness, not that part of it, or the pain of loss. To lose their father in that way,” says Washington.

Washington says his healthy father was exposed to someone asymptomatic, and died in the hospital from COVID on June 24th. Washington battled the virus at the same time.

“This is going to be hard with Thanksgiving and Christmas coming up. My family is trying to figure out what we’re going to do.”

Mecklenburg County Health Director Gibbie Harris says you should consider having a screening test before traveling or attending family gatherings.

“As we move into the holidays also thinking about what you’re getting ready to do and who you could potentially be exposing,” Harris.

Monday, the state releasing new guidance for Thanksgiving:

  • Host gatherings outdoors, when possible.
  • Arrange tables and chairs to allow for social distancing.
  • Limit people going in and out of the areas where food is being prepared or handled.

If you’re planning holiday gatherings with people outside of your household:

  • Clean and disinfect commonly touched surfaces.
  • Keep the guest list small.
  • Higher risk guests should consider attending events virtually.
  • The day before the event, all guests should screen for symptoms and stay home if they are not feeling well.

People are strongly encouraged to skip the traditional Black Friday shopping. To avoid crowds, most retailers are offering early deals to help out.