New Yorkers, you have a reason to brace for changes in this year’s Thanksgiving festivities. Things are not going to be business as usual, the new normal is here, and it's affecting every aspect of your life. If you live in NYC, you need to have insight into the changes to expect due to the COVID 19 pandemic’s effects.
The Center for Disease Control and Prevention has released a raft of measures that have changed how you will celebrate this important day this year.
Stay at Home
Among the recommended adjustments is the need to stay at home as much as possible. This recommendation will have far-reaching implications for those who opt to adhere to it in the strictest sense of the word. For instance, Thanksgiving in NYC traditionally has been marked with parades where folks either participate in them or go out in crowds to watch the procession.
No Live Macy’s Parade
This year, there might be no physical parades to attend or watch. Instead, Macy’s has already modified its plans for the city's Thanksgiving Day parade. The celebration shifts to television and online streaming. But it will still showcase the signature mix of enormous character helium balloons; street performers floats, clowns. Don't forget, will also herald the holiday season’s arrival this year with the one-and-only Santa Claus.
So, be ready for Macy's Thanksgiving Day parade live stream time round.
In short, this is going to be a television-only event, no public event. The only way to watch this parade is either by television or through the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day parade online streaming.
However, you won't miss the mood and spirit of this parade as it serves its historical purpose of bringing joy into the hearts of many across the nation.
Whether you opt to celebrate this day at home or elsewhere, it’s advisable to stick with the idea of small gatherings. But even with small groups, you'll still need to be cautious to curb the potential spread of this virus. You can easily do this by following these tips outlined below.
Tips to Stay Safe in Small Gatherings
The fact that you are in a small gathering doesn't mean you are safe. There are precautions to take, even in these circumstances. Consider the following:
- Wear your face mask always.
No matter how small, as long as you are in a group, always have your face mask on and wear it appropriately to cover your mouth and nose.
On the same note, stay as far away as possible from anyone not wearing a face mask. You don’t want to take chances of getting the person’s cough or sneeze droplets.
- Maintain social distance.
Closely related to the mask is the need to keep the recommended 6ft-plus social distance between you and the person next to you. Keeping your distance is an important consideration that ensures you lower the chances of coming into contact with airborne droplets from the other person.
Don’t get carried away by the celebratory mood, and you lose track of your distance relative to the people next to you. Remember, this virus spreads very fast in crowded places because it's also airborne.
- Avoid unnecessary contact with surfaces.
Don't go touching guard rails, posts, tables, and other similar high touch surfaces. You can easily collect the virus from such bodies.
- Wash or sanitize your hands frequently.
Make sure you wash your hands with soap and running water. Alternatively, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer, especially when you touch the surfaces mentioned earlier. Doing so ensures you wash away or kill any viruses that might have been left on your hands.
- Avoid handshakes and touching your nose, mouth, and eyes.
As much as a warm handshake has been part of the American culture, avoid shaking anyone's hand in greeting. Your hands can serve as the primary conduit of carrying the virus from contaminated surfaces to your body through your nose, mouth, and eyes. That's why you must avoid touching these parts of your face when you are in any gathering this Thanksgiving Day.
- Maintain Cleanliness and Hygiene at Home
Whether you will hold an outdoor party or a virtual Thanksgiving dinner in NYC, it's essential to ensure your home is clean and properly sanitized. You can do this easily by seeking the services of a professional home cleaning company like eMaids of NYC.
Visit our site and ask for a free quote. This team of experienced cleaners will do a thorough cleaning and disinfecting job to ensure you have a safe and enjoyable Thanksgiving Day in NYC during the pandemic.