COLUMBIA, Mo. (KMIZ)
The Columbia/Boone County Health Department is advising against most travel in their Thanksgiving guidance.
The guidance outlines risk levels for different holiday activities, which were laid out by the CDC.
Low risk activities include having a Thanksgiving dinner with only people in your household, having a virtual dinner and watching sports and parades from your house among others.
The department also lists high risk activities such as going to busy shopping locations, participating in a crowded running race and attending large indoor gatherings.
While the department never advises against all travel, they state the best way to protect yourself and others is to stay at home.
If you have to travel, it is suggested you take your own vehicle as opposed to public transportation as it increases your chances at contracting or spreading COVID-19.
The department also recommends that visits to vulnerable family and friends are done so in the most limited basis.
Shopping is another staple of the holiday season. Guidance from the health department suggests visiting online stores, avoid visibly large crowds and utilize curbside pick up options when available.
Volunteering guidance suggests opting for virtual options as opposed to volunteering in person.
Community events have had to adjust due to these COVID-19 guidelines.
Almeta Crayton's 'Everybody Eats' event which provides meals to the less fortunate are having to move to a drive-thru event this year.
The program said they're ready to serve up to 200 meals. They will also deliver to your home, however that is reserved for those who are sick or quarantined.