The smells of oven roasted turkey, stuffing and your favorite green-bean casserole don’t have to be derailed this year. Although we won’t likely be passing platters across tables crowded with family and friends, Thanksgiving can still leave you satisfied.
As our county continues to battle the Covid-19 pandemic, Dr. Sundari Mase, Sonoma County Health Officer, recently joined health officers around the bay area to issue joint recommendations for staying safe this holiday season. The collaborative guidance urges families to celebrate virtually, or to limit gatherings to no more than 12 people from no more than three households. Gathering with people outside your household – even extended family – increases the risk of getting and spreading COVID-19.
There are many ways to enjoy the holidays without gathering. Consider ordering takeout Thanksgiving dinner to help support our struggling local restaurants, caterers, and grocery stores. Many are offering to-go and meal kit options that are sure to satisfy your holiday cravings.
Find creative ways to share the sentiment of gratitude and get into the holiday spirit. Drive-by or virtual events can add excitement and enthusiasm to your holidays. Enlist the techie in your family to orchestrate the not-so-traditional virtual event with family and friends.
Shopping on Black Friday might be one of your usual holiday traditions. This year, the Community Services department is offering unique handmade arts and crafts from the comfort of your couch. The Annual Holiday Arts & Crafts Faire is virtual. The two-day event is your opportunity to get a leg up on holiday shopping. Visit the Rohnert Park Community Services Facebook page on Friday and Saturday November 27-28 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and score local handcrafted treasures. Vendors will post items for sale in the discussion section of the department’s Facebook event page. Sales are handled directly between you and the vendor.
If you find yourself running around town this holiday season, try to steer clear of East Cotati, from the City of Cotati Limits, to Snyder Lane. A large project being conducted by PG&E will affect traffic in the westbound right lane. The project is scheduled to go through January/February with additional closures occasionally through June 2021. The project will move overhead utilities underground to improve safety and aesthetics.
Don’t get the flashing yellow left-turn signals confused with the recent installation of holiday lights down Rohnert Park Expressway. The city is continuing to implement a new type of traffic signal to provide safer left-turns for drivers. The signals replace left arrow signals at some intersections and are expected to help traffic flow, reduce delays and reduce left-turn collisions. In the coming months, expect to see flashing yellow left-turn signals at the following locations:
o Camino Colegio & East Cotati Ave.
o Commerce Blvd. & Alison Ave.
o Commerce Blvd. & Avram Ave.
o Golf Course Dr. & Country Club Dr.
o Golf Course Dr. & Labath Ave.
o Snyder Ln. & Eleanor Ave.
May your Thanksgiving holiday be enjoyable, memorable, and safe!