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Gathering outdoors and sitting by households among state’s holiday tips

The Maui News

Gathering outdoors, seating households separately and wearing masks when not eating are among the tips the state Department of Health is offering ahead of the Thanksgiving holiday on Thursday.

“Many people in Hawaii are fully vaccinated and should be able to get together with family and friends to celebrate the holidays,” Health Director Dr. Elizabeth Char said in a news release Tuesday. “We’ve taken big steps forward and our behavior in the coming weeks can show that we really care.

The department issued several safety tips for Thanksgiving, including:

• Celebrate with fully vaccinated people.

• Stay away from others if you are sick, have symptoms or have COVID-19.

• Get tested if you have COVID-19 symptoms.

• Limit gathering size to a small group, especially if dining indoors.

• Wear face masks indoors when not eating.

• Wear face masks indoors when with people from outside your household.

• Wear a face mask outdoors in crowded gatherings or with unvaccinated people.

• Gather outdoors if possible.

• Spread out and allow plenty of space for everyone.

• Set tables so people from the same households sit together.

• Limit possible exposure by keeping gatherings short in duration.

• Avoid places with poor airflow and improve airflow where possible.

• Keep your hands clean.

• Take extra precautions to protect seniors and those who are immunocompromised.

• Do not travel unless fully vaccinated.

Holiday get-togethers have resulted in increased case counts throughout the pandemic, and following the recommendations can help reduce transmission, said the department, which continues to encourage vaccination.

For more information on where to find vaccines locally, visit hawaiicovid19.com/vaccine/.

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