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KOAA Survey: Are you making alternative Thanksgiving plans?

Posted at 8:57 AM, Nov 17, 2020
and last updated 2020-11-18 07:46:21-05

More counties in Colorado are falling under stricter Safer at Home guidelines and more states are enacting their own restrictions in response to rising COVID-19 numbers.

We'd like to know if your family is making any plans for an alternative Thanksgiving celebration. Here are your responses:

52% - Yes
48% - No

Thank you for taking part. Since asking this question we've since learned that 15 Colorado counties are going into COVID Level Red - Severe Risk, which would normally mean Stay at Home orders. However, the state updated the threat dial to add Purple which represents Extreme Risk.

Learn more: What Coloradans need to know about Coronavirus: Nov 15-21

Editor's note: This poll is not based on scientific, representative samples and is solely for KOAA purposes.

News5's Patrick Nelson spoke with a family taking extra steps to make it a safe day for the family and with health experts who share some things you may want to consider as you plan your Turkey Day in 2020.

Dining outside, separate tables, video chats, wearing masks, or maybe no Thanksgiving meal at all. It's all on the table right now as people try to decide what's safe and what's best for them this holiday season.

Health experts offer these suggestions for Thanksgiving:

- Wearing a mask when possible

- Doing your grocery shopping early to avoid crowds

- Sticking to immediate family gatherings

- Space out tables, or move your meal outside

- Designate one person to be in charge of safely serving food, instead of doing a buffet-style serving.

For anyone who is thinking about using a video chat service for the holiday, the leaders of Zoom just announced the company will be lifting its 40-minute time limit for free calls allowing families to chat longer for free on Thanksgiving. The 40-minute limit removal is in effect from 12 a.m. Eastern on Thursday, November 26th through 6 a.m. Eastern on Friday, November 27th.

READ MORE: list of current restrictions across the United States