CT Families Change Thanksgiving Plans Due To Coronavirus: Survey

Rich Scinto

CONNECTICUT — Families across Connecticut are altering their Thanksgiving traditions this year in light of the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.

Around eight out of 10 Connecticut Patch readers who took an informal survey said they are doing something different this year. Around 540 people took the survey.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is discouraging people from celebrating the holiday in-person with people from outside their immediate household. The CDC noted that there were more than 1 million COVID-19 cases reported in the U.S. over the last seven days.
“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 CDC said in a statement.


Around 15 percent of people who took the survey said they typically celebrate only with members of their immediate family at home. However, this year 80 percent of survey respondents said they would be doing just that due to the pandemic.


Around 59 percent of respondents said they strongly agreed with Gov. Ned Lamont’s executive order to limit private social gatherings to 10 or fewer people.


Thoughts on Thanksgiving from Patch readers:

  • I love the holidays, but people need to be realistic and not visit a bunch of people outside their household because it will only keep spreading this thing worse and worse. I’m not willing to risk people’s lives or my own for a quick dinner gathering with people. Stay home. FaceTime, zoom, whatever you use. Everyone’s drawing this out to be a lot worse for all of us, when it should’ve been over with months ago.

  • It’s only for one year. Be considerate and keep yourself, your family, your community, and the selfless, overworked health care providers safe by getting tested or wearing masks at gatherings with anyone outside your immediate household.

  • It was tough to make the call to not have my brother visit but it just didn’t feel right since he does end up in public places posing a higher risk in his regular day to day so, he’s staying home.

  • Will have at least 25 people over for food and drinks lamont can shoveit.

  • I have been in the hospital for a non Covid condition and because there are no visitors, it is the loneliest place. Please don’t be selfish.

  • I would say only immediate family and up to 10 if everyone has been tested.

  • I'm 72 so I'll be alone this year but I plan to zoom with my family. The smallest turkey I could find was 11 pounds so I'll be eating leftovers for quite a while. It's worth it to stay well.

  • I'm afraid of how our covid-19 numbers will rise immediately after the holiday. An acquaintance posted on social media something along the lines of, celebrate now with family, they may not be around next year. My thought was, no, they may not be, because you may infect them.

  • The best comment I heard from a doctor, giving advice about large gatherings at the holidays, was "visit Grandma at Thanksgiving, bury Grandma at Christmas" It is cruel but sobering. We have become a weak society. Certainly, we should be able to sacrifice tradition for one year in exchange for all the years ahead.

This article originally appeared on the Across Connecticut Patch