Man on the street: How are you celebrating Thanksgiving during the pandemic?
FAIRBANKS, Alaska (KTVF) - Thanksgiving is only a few days away, but for many, this year will look different. As precautions surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic continue across the country, the Alaska Department of Health has made several recommendations to residents about how they should change their Thanksgiving plans.
They recommend having a shorter celebration with no more than 10 people and encourage mask wearing. For those wanting to be extra safe, they offered ideas like sharing recipes and then holding a cooking party over Zoom.
We went to the Bentley Mall in Fairbanks to see what shoppers were doing for the holiday and if they had changed their plans.
“We are going to go celebrate it with friends, with about eight people, following the rules to keep everybody safe, for a couple hours and then go back to our home. But we are staying safe and doing what we are doing following the governor’s rules,” said Fairbanks resident Miguel Ramirez.
Lilly Cable recently traveled from Louisiana and said, “It’s different from last year because, like, I didn’t go anywhere last year, but I came to visit my grandpa because he lives over here. I don’t know what we are going to do really.”
“So my plans for Thanksgiving, we are just planning on having a good immediate family dinner. I don’t think anything has changed. We don’t normally travel on Thanksgiving, but it looks like no one is really traveling, I mean, except for college students... but plans are just to have dinner with my immediate family,” said Zamir Gripper another Fairbanks resident.
“Because of the pandemic we have cancelled our tradition. We normally, we will all normally group up and have food with my uncles and my aunt and my sister and her husband; but now it’s just going to be me and my folks and then probably, you know, who knows, do some shopping,” Fairbanks resident Michael Szendrey said.
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