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Locals plan to keep it simple this Thanksgiving due to COVID

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PEORIA (HOI) -- Tier 3 mitigations are in effect throughout the state of Illinois after COVID-19 cases continue to rise, which includes limiting gatherings to household-only. With Thanksgiving just a week away, locals are planning smaller get-togethers during the unusual holiday season.

Locals simply put that they want to stay safe.

"Normally, we would have a big get-together at my mom's but in dealing with the COVID situation, man, it's imperative that you be safe," said Peoria resident Keith Mack.

With the restrictions in place, state health leaders continue to press the same message.

"We need you to plan a small, household-only, safe Thanksgiving." said Dr. Ngozi Ezike, Director of the Illinois Dept. of Public Health in part of the daily press briefing.

That message seems to be sticking for some Central Illinoisans who are scaling back for their holiday plans.

"We're going to practice the social distancing," said Gregory Hollins. "We're going to call or text to get in touch with family members."

Peorian Victor Pare also says his family will keep it simple.

"We're going to eat and watch football. That's about it. Everyone will go home early and have a safe day," said Pare.

Despite not traveling or hosting big family gatherings, many are looking to the greater good.

"Take care of your loved ones you know," said Mack. "The world that we've seen has totally changed."

"Just because there's a virus, it doesn't mean the communication has to stop. We just have to communicate in a different way now," said Hollins.

Regardless, not having time with loved one is a hard sacrifice for all.

"Everybody's used to that physical thing. Well, the only way you can have that experience has got to be like somebody that can talk to you or have that physical touch," said Hollins.

"It's difficult but we have to do it," said Mary Doyle.

Additionally, Metamora grocery store IGA told Heart of Illinois ABC that they're seeing customers purchase turkey in smaller portions. They're opting to the deli counter to buy a portion of the bird rather than have the standard Thanksgiving turkey.

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