The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is advising Americans to avoid travel during Thanksgiving as the number of coronavirus cases surge across the country.
“CDC is recommending against travel during the Thanksgiving Day period,” Dr. Henry Walke, Covid-19 incident manager for the CDC, told reporters in a conference call CNN reports. “Right now, especially as we are seeing exponential growth in cases and the opportunity to translocate disease or infection from one part of the country to another leads, to our recommendation to avoid travel at this time.”
The agency is also recommending that gathering be limited to people in the same household.
According to the CDC, “people who have not been living in your household for the 14 days before you are celebrating should not be considered members of your household and so you should take those extra precautions, even wearing masks within your own home.”
That could include college students returning home for the holidays and even members of the military.
The CDC also recommended, observing social distancing and having a single person serve food at gatherings, if possible, while making guests use separate bathrooms.
These new guidelines comes as the country recorded more than 11 million coronavirus cases since the pandemic began and over 250,000 deaths.