Happy Thanksgiving: How do I celebrate safely?

Thanksgiving is an important time of year for connecting with our family and friends however this year, because of COVID-19, we need to rethink how to connect with one another as many transmission events are tied to social gatherings. 

This means we need to celebrate differently to keep everyone safe. We need take special care to physically distance ourselves from older family members and friends or people with underlying health conditions, as they are more at risk for complications from COVID-19. Instead, have dinner with the people who already live in your household and use virtual options to connect with other loved ones. 

And remember to practice good COVID sense and follow the COVID-19 safety measures, which include staying home when you are sick, keeping a two-metre distance from those outside your home, regular hand-washing and cleaning of frequently touched surfaces. 

As your Property Manager, we are not only grateful for your loyalty and patronage this Thanksgiving, we are also grateful for your continuous effort to keep our communities safe. It is truly remarkable to see what we can accomplish when we work together to prevent COVID-19 infections.

While we understand that Covid fatigue may be setting in, the reality is that this virus is still present. We ask residents to continue to wear a mask or face covering in all indoor common areas and maintain appropriate physical distance.

We are all now part of other cohorts: in the workplace, at school, at extracurricular activities. Observing the necessary public health guidance in each of these settings and keeping our close contact list short is a vital step in reducing the risk of COVID-19 transmission. Please remember the following:

• Your extended household is the people you can hug and touch, or those who can become part of your daily and weekly routines. This should be 15 people or less. Ideally, it is only members of your direct household.

• Assess your extended household. Does it include children in school settings, school staff, essential employees, or vulnerable populations like seniors or those with underlying health conditions? Consider that all of your contacts are now their contacts, too.

• In the event that you are required to provide your activities and contacts as part of a public health contact investigation, can you name all those individuals you have come into close contact with over the last two weeks? If you cannot, adjust your routines and close contacts.

• Stay home from all activities and workplaces even if you are experiencing mild symptoms.

Be safe and enjoy your Thanksgiving celebrations.

Your GWL Realty Advisors Residential team