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Local health unit cautions against family gatherings this Thanksgiving

The Leeds, Grenville and Lanark District Health Unit is asking residents to restrict Thanksgiving gatherings to their own household, to consider having celebrations outdoors and find new ways to connect with friends and family.
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Leeds, Grenville and Lanark District Health Unit offices in Brockville. Photo/Google Maps

The Leeds, Grenville and Lanark District Health Unit is joining Ottawa Public Health in cautioning against family gatherings this Thanksgiving long weekend. 

Public health officials suggest that you celebrate within the household, limit the time of visits and keep people six feet apart, consider outdoor celebrations, or consider virtual celebrations.

"We need to be even more attentive as we are seeing an increase in the number of people in our community, and in communities around us, with COVID-19," said Dr. Paula Stewart, medical officer of health for the Leeds, Grenville and Lanark District Health Unit. " Let's be creative and find new ways to connect with friends and family."

The Leeds, Grenville and Lanark District Health Unit is also reminding family members and students to carefully consider the risks of COVID-19, if they plan to come home or visit other areas for the holiday.

The number of people allowed at social gatherings is up to 10 people indoors and 25 people outdoors, however, the province has publicly encouraged all residents to keep Thanksgiving festivities to a single household this year.

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