The national Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released new guidance on Thursday about Thanksgiving, asking Americans not to travel for the holiday.
"More than 1 million COVID-19 cases were reported in the United States over the last 7 days," the CDC wrote in a statement. "As cases continue to increase rapidly across the United States, the safest way to celebrate Thanksgiving is to celebrate at home with the people you live with."
The statement urges people who are thinking of traveling to consider numerous factors, including the prevalence of COVID-19 cases in their own communities or their destinations, whether hospitals in those areas are overwhelmed, whether those areas have restrictions in place, whether they will be able to stay six feet apart from other people in mass transit situations, and other factors.
For people who will travel anyway, the CDC encourages people to wear masks, maintain social distancing, use hand sanitizer, get a flu vaccine, check travel restrictions, and take other precautions.
The CDC also states that people who host gatherings should hold small events outdoors, and that attendees should bring their own dishes and food. The organization also encouraged virtual connections with loved ones instead of physical meetings.