The coronavirus, and the precautions, have upended Thanksgiving in unprecedented ways. Families are scrambling to devise holiday plans that won’t endanger their health. Some are forgoing Thanksgiving altogether. But not everyone is quite as fastidious.
In Menlo Park, California, Nette Worthey generally hosts several dozen guests but will celebrate this year with only her own family of three. She’s planning a less “turkey-centric” meal.
Negative test results do not guarantee that holiday dinners will be virus-free — only that “you probably were not infected at the time your sample was collected,” according to the CDC. Still, some families have made testing the price of admission.
Sarah Caudillo Tolento said she plans to attend a celebration with 10 to 15 people at her mother’s house in Salem, Oregon. She said the recent death of her grandmother pushed her to embrace the opportunity to gather as family.
A New Jersey couple, on their own this year, found a way to feel close to family from afar. Qraig de Groot plans to introduce his boyfriend, Jamey Welch, to his beloved tradition of a trip to KFC. His mother loved it dearly.
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