B.C.'s top doctor provides tips for a safe Thanksgiving amid COVID-19

With Thanksgiving coming up next weekend, provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry is encouraging British Columbians 'to make our celebration large in thanks, large in gratitude, but small in size' amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

B.C.’s top doctor has offered advice on how to have a safe Thanksgiving during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Dr. Bonnie Henry said Thursday that those who want to celebrate Thanksgiving this weekend should do so with a small group of people who are already in their social bubble.

Dining outside is a safer choice and food should come in individual servings rather than served buffet-style, Henry said.

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“We can give thanks and continue to find new and safe ways to support each other and show we care,” Henry said.

“Support your family by keeping your celebration dinner small. Support your friends and neighbours by always giving them the space to stay safe.”

Henry is urging British Columbians to stick close to home during the Thanksgiving long weekend.

“Let’s make this Thanksgiving weekend one of gratitude, one of kindness,” Henry said. “And we do that by staying local, connecting with each other in a way that doesn’t put those we care about at risk.”

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Canada’s top public health officer Dr. Theresa Tam has also said indoor holiday celebrations should be kept small.

She suggested that Canadians opt for virtual Thanksgiving dinners instead of in-person gatherings.

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More tips on hosting a Thanksgiving event can be found on the BC Centre for Disease Control website.

B.C. confirmed 110 new COVID-19 cases on Thursday as the province’s total number of cases topped 10,000.

More than 12,000 people in B.C. were tested, bringing the positivity rate to 0.9 per cent.

— With files from The Canadian Press

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