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Posted on: November 6, 2020

Health Department encourages ways to celebrate safely this Thanksgiving

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The Springfield-Greene County Health Department has released guidance aimed at helping families navigate the unique challenges of planning for Thanksgiving traditions in the time of COVID-19.

The guidance at provides valuable information on how to have a safe and fun holiday.

It includes a list of lower risk alternatives to traditions like travel, large indoor gatherings and other activities. There are also additional resources like food preparation guidance, tips for coping with COVID-19 stress this holiday season, a guide to having tough conversations around the pandemic and a risk assessment tool to help families evaluate their holiday plans.

The guidance outlines considerations for low risk, moderate risk and high risk activities. Lower risk activities include eating at home with just members of your household and connecting with others virtually. Having a small outdoor meal with extended family is an example of a moderate risk activity, and high risk activities include shopping in crowded stores or having a large event indoors with people from outside your household. 

While avoiding travel is the best way to protect yourself and others this holiday season, if you do decide to travel, ways to lessen your risk of getting or spreading COVID-19 are also available online.

The Health Department encourages families to consider these tips when crafting their holiday plans. 

Families wanting more information on how they can celebrate safely are welcome to contact the Health Department to ask questions via our coronavirus hotline at (417) 874-1211 or by email at [email protected].


Inquiries from the public can be made by contacting the Health Department’s call center at (417) 874-1211 or by email at [email protected].

Please note that the contact number for media inquiries has changed. Media may now contact the Health Department PIO Team by call or text at 417-380-2556 or email at [email protected].

Springfield-Greene County Health Department
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