By Tia Harish
This Thanksgiving weekend, families in the Lake Simcoe area are making their plans for the holiday while trying their best to follow the Covid-19 protection guidelines.
Many people might assume that because of social distancing and the risk of contracting the virus, parties and gatherings are completely cancelled. This is simply not true. There are many ways to celebrate Thanksgiving while being safe, and maybe some of these tips can help you, your family and your friends make the best out of this situation.
If you are concerned about the safety of your family and friends with whom you would otherwise be gathering, taking advantage of video-conferencing apps is definitely the safest option. Some apps to use include Zoom, Google Meets, or Skype.
A video call while having dinner could make a quiet family meal much more important. You and those you with whom you want to celebrate Thanksgiving can gather around a computer, plates in hand, and enjoy dinner and conversation, despite being in far apart.
Going out to restaurants is allowed in the Lake Simcoe area (but not in Toronto). For those who are immunodeficient or at risk of catching the virus, however, staying at home and having a video-chat with your loved ones is a better alternative.
If you aren’t confident with your skills in the kitchen, ordering in is also a choice.
Many food delivery services offer contactless delivery to minimize risks and contact with food, and local restaurants would be grateful for your patronage, especially considering how many of them are suffering from lack of business.
When cooking for a large number of people, you have to take into account dietary restrictions, minimizing food waste, and how well received a dish will be.
When cooking for a smaller number of people, such as those with whom you live, experimenting with food is a lot easier. Shopping for ingredients and portioning the family meal becomes a much simpler task. If you would usually attend a potluck, you can ask those hypothetical invitees for some recipes.
Thanksgiving is a time for the community to reflect and be grateful for what we have.
In this political climate, it’s important to recognize our privileges, whether that be race, gender, or economic status, and help those who are less fortunate. Donating to charities you support is a great way to give back to the community.
This Thanksgiving long weekend, stay safe, support those around you, and have a great weekend.