How to prepare for a safe Thanksgiving from travel to meal plans

Experts recommend celebrating virtually, or if in person, to wear a mask and stay six feet apart with people not from your household. Despite travel restrictions, 56% of Americans plan to travel.
3:49 | 11/12/20

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We're back with how to play it safe with this Thanksgiving. It's time to start preparing from health precautions to getting that meal planned. Kroger's CEO will join us live in a nt. First T.J. Holmes has more. Good morning, T.J. Reporter: It's a little more difficult to pass the dressing to somebody that's six feet away, right? The CDC says you better figure it out because what's been driving the surge in covid-19 cases in the country right now, small gatherings. Thanksgiving, a lot of people having small gatherings. There is a reason now, you need to know right now today if and when and how that Thanksgiving of yours is going to go forward. Thanksgiving, exactly two weeks away and this is not the year for last-minute planning, the experts will tell you. Three things to consider in advance, one, is it safe to celebrate with loved ones? Two, what travel restrictions are in place and, three, will your favorite holly groceries be available? When it comes to celebrating Dr. John Brownstein with Boston's children's hospital says he's playing it safe doing a virtual family celebration this year. We have rapid uncontrolled, you know, disease transmission for covid happening across this entire country and the more interaction we have, the more this will fuel transmission. Reporter: But if you do plan on seeing your loved ones -- Many public health experts say it's not the best idea but if that is something you need to do you need to implement it thought, 14-day quarantine starting, you know, right now that someone needs to be putting themselves in isolation from others and testing. Reporter: Added layers to stay safe like yes, wearing a mask, staying six feet apart and eating outdoors if possible. For some the risk of gathering is not worth it. The flowers family lost their mother to covid-19 and they're urging people to skip Thanksgiving this year. Don't have big gatherings because you better lose one Thanksgiving and share the rest with your family. Reporter: While weighing the risks you need to consider the rules. There are travel restrictions in place but still more than half of all Americans plan to travel for the holiday. New York is cracking down on the size of indoor gatherings ling it to ten people unless they're part of your household. That doesn't work, you know, if these numbers keep going crazy, you have some scientists who believe we're going to go back to a close-down. I'm just praying that doesn't happen. Reporter: Governor Cuomo recently updated travel restrictionses requiring visitors to test negative in three days before they arrive and quarantine for three days once they get to New York, then test negative again on day four to get out of that quarantine. Meanwhile in Chicago, a 14-day quarantine is mandatory for anyone traveling from a state on the red list and in hi high, you can get out of that mandatory quarantine if you take a state approved test within 72 hours before arrival. Get all that? The rules, yes, they can be complicated and as you prep for an unusual Thanksgiving this year, two weeks out, now is the time to also start thinking about what you need to buy for your smaller than usual feasts. My advice would be that you would want to try to shop early for things that will be nonperishable that can be frozen and perhaps won't expire before your holiday date. Reporter: Stores like Walmart and Kroger all stocking up on smaller Turkeys and Kroger is also trying to make sure they keep their shelves stocked with reports of panic buying, they're now putting limits on products like paper goods and disinfectants to help prevent shortages. As far as the food big spread on the table not a good idea. Consider putting guests and food in two different places or have everybody bring your own food and drink. Bring your own food and drink. Or just stay at home. All right, T.J., you got your options.

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