CDC releases new guidelines heading into the Thanksgiving holiday

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BATON ROUGE, La. (BRPROUD) – New guidelines out from the Center for Disease Control says, people should not travel for the holidays.

The recommendations by the nation’s leading public health agency says, the safest way to celebrate Thanksgiving is to celebrate at home with the people you live with.

Those recommencations aren’t stopping Baton Rouge resident, Blake Winston.

“I’m headed back home to Charlotte, North Carolina to spend time with family” said Winston.

He said, he understands the seriousness of the guidelines and will take precautions to remain safe.

“I work in a hospital so I’ll be able to get a rapid test before I head out of town and make sure I’m Covid negative, certainly stay safe” said Winston.

The agency is recommending swithcing to outdoor gatherings, using disposable food containers and limiting the number of cooks in the kitchen.

Dr. Louis Minsky – Chief of Staff, Baton Rouge General

Baton Rouge General’s Doctor, Louis Minsky said, now is the time to really adhere to those recommendations if we want to avoid another spike.

“It’s all about making it safer. We’re not going to 100 percent mitigate risks, we’re not going to 100 percent stop this virus. It’s all about slowing it down and making it as safe as possible. I think if we just take some common sense straight forth application we can get through this, this holiday season” said Minsky.

It’s certainly going to be a different year with guests also urged to bring their own food and utensils. Winston said, he’ll be following these guidelines and hopes.

“Other people practice guidelines, social distancing wear masks. If they do travel to be with family, have negative Covid tests.

The last thing we need is another lock down, a more strenuous lock down and things like that” said Winston.

CDC Recommendations:

Celebrating virtually or with members of your own household.



Postponing travel and
staying home is the best way to protect yourself.
Wear the mask over your nose and mouth and secure it under your chin.


Stay at least 6 feet away from others who do not
live with you.

Bring your own food, drinks, plates, cups,
and utensils.
Watch Thanksgiving Day parades, sports, and movies at home.

Use contactless services for purchased items,
like curbside pick-up.


If celebrating indoors,
bring in fresh air by
opening windows
and doors, if possible.

Check travel restrictions before you go.



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