Celebrating Thanksgiving Safely

A special message from State Human Resources Director Barbara Gibson.


For many of us, the holidays are a time for tradition, family and friends. But with the number of COVID-19 cases breaking records statewide and across the country, it’s on each of us to make sure we celebrate safely. While the urge to visit family and friends is strong, the safest thing to do for our loved ones is to limit travel and either safely scale back large family gatherings or avoid getting together in person.


Governor Cooper’s Executive Order 176 reduced the limit on indoor gatherings from 25 people to no more than 10 people. If you plan to celebrate, review the flyer below and check out the guidance on ways to celebrate safely developed by the NC Department of Health and Human Services. You should also follow the 3 Ws to slow the spread of COVID-19:

  • Wear a cloth mask over your nose and mouth,
  • Wait six feet from others and avoid close contact, and
  • Wash your hands frequently or use hand sanitizer.

People who have been recently diagnosed with COVID-19, have symptoms of COVID-19 or have been around a person with COVID-19 should not host or participate in any in-person gatherings until they complete their isolation or quarantine period.


If you must travel, consider getting tested for COVID-19 about three to four days before you travel. A positive test tells you to stay home and isolate, but a negative test does not guarantee that you will remain negative.


Another important thing you can do to slow the spread of COVID-19 is to download the SlowCOVIDNC Exposure Notification App. This important resource can provide notification if you have been in close contact with someone who has shared a positive COVID-19 test result within the app. The app is completely anonymous and does not collect, store or share personal information or location data. Download it for free on the Apple App Store and the Google Play Store. 


Please also get a flu shot, to protect your family and those around you. A flu vaccine this season can also help reduce the burden on our health care systems responding to the COVID-19 pandemic.


This holiday season, the safety of our coworkers, family and friends must be the No. 1 consideration.



Barbara Gibson

State Human Resources Director 


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