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Boston offers advice on how to have people over for Thanksgiving this year

Don't.

But if you do, the city has some guidelines to try to reduce your risk, like no more than 10 people, make people bring their own food and drink, don't let people take masks off except when they're eating, open all the windows, and, well, seriously, all this stuff should be second hand by now, but click the link for more details.

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I think you may be missing the word "not" here -

don't let people take masks off when they're eating

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You can't eat and wear a mask. The exact quote from the Mayor's announcement is:

Ask guests to wear a mask unless eating and drinking, and stay 6 feet apart when possible.

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What's in the block quote is taken directly from Adam's original post: "don't let people take masks off when they're eating."

I was trying to point out that there's a "not" missing - "don't let people take masks off when they're [NOT] eating."

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I prefer to think the advice is to only eat things you can suck through a mask. Turkey flavored jello cubes, gravy water, etc.

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"Except," although "not" would do as well, but in any case, yes, I missed a word.

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so they are content to remain far apart and leave early.

I try this every year, but it never works. They always end up bonding over their common disdain for their host.

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Kept a clipping on her fridge: "Guests give us pleasure - some when they arrive, others when they leave."

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A zoom thanksgiving seems more appealing and enjoyable at this point

If sharing food, have one person (wearing a face mask and gloves) serve food and use single-use options, like salad dressing and condiment packets, and disposable items like food containers, plates, and utensils.

Nothing says thanksgiving like feeling like you're in grade school at "thanksgiving day" @ lunch before you're off being served cranberry, turkey, and stuffing from behind someone in masks & gloves who resembles your aunt Ida.

If i can't kick back and be near people and hug them. And be able to pick at a buffet style serving.. its just not the same. I'd rather just zoom it and have swanson.

NO ONE IS GOING TO DO THIS. Seriously.. I even gave my dad hell for their plans.. ugh)

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PLEASE JUST STAY HOME!

Have dinner with your immediate household only and video chat with your relatives and other loved ones. It's only this one time and you'll be saving lives by doing so.

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"Large Thanksgiving gatherings mean small Christmas funerals".

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It’s not like we have recent data from a nearby country to tell us it’ll cause a huge spike.

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Won't you come by and see me some time.
Eat your bread before you come,
bring your dinner in your hand,
and leave before suppertime.

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like (your own) home (far away from everyone else) for the holidays...

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"Planes, Trains and Automobiles" (and, if I'm being honest, the death of my parents) liberated me from having to actually be anywhere for Thanksgiving - but I certainly understand the thing that drives people to tolerate insane traffic in sometimes very bad weather conditions to be with family, and I know that this is going to be very hard for many people. I know Zoom isn't a fix. For myself, I'm going to turn the after-dinner afterthought calls to family members into something a little more planned, and do my best with it. Those calls can really matter to people. "Opening the bubble" can be figurative rather than literal and can make a huge difference to someone who's struggling. "This is hard for me, I really want to be with you" can do a lot to reduce someone's sense of isolation.

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Really? Is there any evidence that food spreads covid?

If you're in the same person as the food preparer, you are going to catch it from them breathing aerosols, not from them adding covid to the food, or whatever.

Probably keeping food out and reheating it is more likely to make you sick from foodborne illness.

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The issue is not the food, but shared serving utensils, passed plates, etc. Hand hygiene is still considered a major part of prevention, along with social distancing, face covering, etc.

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