The CDC has issued new recommendations for celebrating Thanksgiving safely.By Lindsay Ward

WASHINGTON (KDKA) – Thanksgiving is about two weeks away, and many typically get together with a lot of family members.

The CDC is not discouraging people from gathering, but rather want people to take steps to make sure they’re safe.

They recommend wearing a mask, staying six feet away from others who don’t live with you, and wash your hands frequently.

Other recommendations include, bring your own food, drinks, and utensils.

Avoid going in and out of areas where food is being prepared, such as the kitchen, and use disposable items like food containers.

If you plan on hosting the Thanksgiving dinner, try to have a small outdoor gathering. Limit the number of guests, clean and disinfect areas often and if sharing food have one person serve.

Meanwhile, for those looking to travel by air for the holiday, there are ways on how to do it safely during the pandemic.

The CDC recommends checking travel restrictions before you go and to get your flu shot before you travel. Wear a mask in public and stay six feet apart from those not in your household.

Wash your hands often or use hand sanitizer.

Avoid touching your mask, eyes, nose, and mouth. It’s also best to be prepared. Have extra hand sanitizers and masks with you.

Experts also say if you’re thinking about avoiding traveling altogether, have your meal with family virtually.

To see the full list of recommendations, head to the CDC website.