If all that sounds like a lot to keep up with in order to make sure your buffet is safe, there are alternatives. One may be to go to a restaurant this Thanksgiving. Seeing as many of us have not eaten out at all since March, this may not seem like a safe option at all, but Larry Lynch, vice president of science and industry for the National Restaurant Association begs to differ. “I think what’s interesting right now is public health officials are actually pointing to much more of a spread taking place in social gatherings in people’s homes,” he says. “People are tired of this, they want to get together, and I hate to say it, but Thanksgiving is probably a great example of that, where people will let their guard down.” Because restaurant workers are already used to following food safety protocols, like having employees regularly wash their hands and keeping dishes at the right temperature, and most restaurants are strictly enforcing COVID-19 safety protocols like social distancing, small party sizes, proper ventilation, and mask-wearing, Lynch argues they may actually be less risky than hosting Thanksgiving at home.
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