November 23, 2020
Stay home for the Thanksgiving holiday this year
For many people, Thanksgiving is a time for gathering with friends and family, watching football and eating delicious food. This year, with COVID-19 cases increasing rapidly both in Oregon and throughout the country, it’s important that people stay home and avoid travel for the holiday. Avoiding travel can reduce the risk of transmitting COVID-19 as well as the risk of bringing the virus back to Oregon.
Governor Brown issued a travel advisory on Nov. 13 that asks people who travel out of state for non-essential reasons, like tourism or recreation, or anyone who travels to Oregon from out of state for non-essential reasons, to quarantine for 14 days after returning home and to limit their interactions to people they live with.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) have also advised against Thanksgiving travel. The CDC website has a list of questions to consider before you travel as well as tips to follow if you decide you must travel.
Last week Governor Kate Brown launched a statewide public awareness campaign with Portland-based ad agency Wieden+Kennedy to inform Oregonians about the urgent importance of limiting social gatherings — especially during the holiday season — and continuing to wear face coverings even when visiting family and friends in small gatherings. Learn more in the news release.