Published on October 7, 2020

Thanksgiving Looks a Little Different This Year

Thanksgiving is a time of celebration where families and friends want to come together. This year, the meaning of Thanksgiving doesn’t need to change, but the way it’s celebrated may need some creativity due to COVID-19 and provincial guidelines.

Whether you intend to hop in a car for a road trip, leave on an airplane, or host family or friends, we need to remember the following this Thanksgiving: 

  • Celebrating virtually or keeping things small with your cohort is safest. Now is not the time for large gatherings.
  • Indoor gatherings generally pose more risk than outdoor gatherings. Ensure there is enough space for physical distancing between people from different cohorts. 
  • When shopping for dinners:
    • maintain physical distancing
    • wash or sanitize hands often 
    • observe local requirements for face coverings
    • whether grocery shopping or planning to order in Thanksgiving dinner, remember to follow provincial guidelines.

      woman wearing mask while shopping at grocery store
  • Food plays a big part in many holiday gatherings. Please have one person serve everyone’s meal, have pre-portioned servings, order takeout or have guests bring their own food.
  • If visiting loved ones in care, do so by appointment only and follow COVID-19 and facility rules.
  • If hosting a gathering to celebrate, have hand sanitizer or disinfectant wipes available. Be sure to clean and disinfect high-touch surfaces, shared items and dishes.

    person squeezing hand sanitizer onto their hands
  • When travelling, research your end destination, and any stops in between, for COVID-19-related requirements and information. 
  • Don’t forget to pack extra hand sanitizer and extra face coverings, including a separate bag for used face coverings. 
    Someone holding a clear bag with a mask in it
  • As per the Government of Alberta, all travellers arriving in Alberta from outside Canada are required to isolate for 14 days and monitor for symptoms. For isolation information, visit

For more information, visit the Government of Alberta’s Safe Holiday Entertaining.

It’s the Simple Things

A reminder to everyone of the simple things we can do to keep ourselves and each other safe:   

  • Stay home if you are sick  
  • Isolate if you are feeling sick  
  • Maintain physical distancing  
  • Wash or sanitize your hands frequently  
  • Cover coughs and sneezes  
  • Wear a face covering in all indoor public places within St. Albert  
  • Avoid touching your face  

COVID-19 is highly spread in social settings. This means one Thanksgiving dinner guest or family member could cause many people attending the same gathering to become ill. Let’s stay safe together this holiday weekend. 
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Last edited: October 7, 2020