Covid-19 cases in New England are on the rise, unfortunately in time for cold weather, flu season and Thanksgiving. 

While positive cases have been on the decline since the summer, Massachusetts’ positive test rate has risen over the past two weeks to a seven-day average of 2.15%.

While it’s disheartening that this is the second Thanksgiving spent with restrictions, it’s still possible to celebrate with friends, family and loved ones while staying as safe as possible.

Health experts suggest masks for those who are still unvaccinated, or to celebrate remotely. For those who are still unvaccinated and who want more peace of mind, health experts say there’s still enough time to be protected for Thanksgiving — you can still get an appointment for a one-shot Johnson & Johnson vaccine.

“You don’t want to be the Grinch that stole Thanksgiving,” said Dr. Anthony S. Fauci, the nation’s top infectious disease expert. “But this may not be the time to have a big family gathering. That doesn’t mean no one should gather for Thanksgiving. It’s not going to be one size fits all. You’ve got to be careful. It depends on the vulnerability of the people you’re with and your need to protect them.”

While it may be disheartening to spend a second Thanksgiving with restrictions, it’s worth continuing to observe precautions as homes are still a source of transmissions. And even with a fully vaccinated party, health officials suggest keeping celebrations small, to avoid mixing households and keeping windows open. 

Happy Thanksgiving, and we look forward to taking you and your loved ones on your next adventure.