Don’t serve Thanksgiving dinner with a side of Covid

Like most of California, Nevada County was placed back into the Purple Tier this week, meaning that we are currently under the strictest guidelines to control the spread of the virus.

Usually at this time of year, we would be thrilled to be welcoming visitors as we geared up for a season of holiday-themed events.  Most notably, Victorian Christmas in Nevada City and Cornish Christmas in Grass Valley would be kicking off in the days following Thanksgiving.

This year, of course, these annual events that have been cherished for decades will not be occurring.

Although it is recommended that people do not travel during the Thanksgiving holiday, we know that some families have booked accommodations that allow social distancing and that travel will occur.

If you do plan to come to Nevada County for Thanksgiving, we ask that you please follow all public health guidelines and minimize your exposure to those who live here.  Several of our restaurants are offering Thanksgiving meals with curbside pickup the day before turkey day, including BackPorch Market, BriarPatch Co-op, Emily’s Catering and Cakes, Lefty’s Grill, SPD Markets, and The Ham Stand.

And don’t forget the wonderful local wine and/or craft beer to go along with your meal.

On Friday, Nov. 13, the California Department of Public Health issued the following guidelines for holiday travel:

Tips for a healthier holiday season

The spread of COVID-19 is increasing across the country and in California as colder weather drives more people indoors. To keep yourself and your loved ones safe, follow the guidelines for small gatherings. Here are some extra tips on how to celebrate the holidays more safely.

  • Check your county’s tier status to find out what types of activities and gatherings are permitted in your county based on the current spread of the virus.
  • Wear a mask in public settings, like on public and mass transportation, at events and gatherings, shopping and in stores, and anywhere you will be around people who do not live with you.
  • Wear a mask not only with people you do not know, but with anyone you don’t live with including close friends and family.
  • Keep your distance – especially from older family members and those with chronic health conditions.
  • Do not gather indoors with other households if your county prohibits it.
  • If you are in a county where indoor gathering is permitted, when indoors, keep windows and doors open so fresh air circulates and wear a mask.
  • If you are in a county where indoor gathering is permitted, use all the space you can indoors; spread things out.
  • Don’t share utensils or drinks with anyone. 
  • Commit to keeping gatherings short, whether inside or outside. Shorter is safer.
  • People at higher risk of severe illness or death from COVID-19 (such as older adults and people with chronic medical conditions) are strongly urged not to attend any gatherings, especially indoor gatherings. If you gather with older people or those with chronic conditions, make sure they wear a surgical or N95 mask.
  • It is safest to celebrate the holidays with the people who already live with you, but if you invite others, only invite a maximum of two other households to your gathering. 
  • Travel increases your chance of getting and spreading the virus. Incoming travelers from out of state should self-quarantine for 14 days after arrival before mixing indoors with others. 
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds or use hand sanitizer. Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth. 
  • Stay home if you are sick.

These holiday tips are derived from CDPH’s Small Gathering Guidance.

Travel advisory

Traveling to see friends and family during the holiday could increase your risk of infection, and spread COVID-19 in your community.

CDPH strongly recommends:

  • Californians stay home or in their region and avoid non-essential travel.
  • Anyone arriving into California should voluntarily self-quarantine for 14 days.

For complete details and requirements, read CDPH’s Travel Advisory.