WATCH: CDC‘s new guidelines for celebrating the holidays safely as COVID-19 cases surge

The rapid surge of new COVID-19 cases has a lot of people wondering about the holidays — whether they can gather safely or should gather at all. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has issued a new robust set of guidelines for Thanksgiving.

The CDC advises that “Celebrating virtually or with members of your own household (who are consistently taking measures to reduce the spread of COVID-19) poses the lowest risk for spread.” It also cautions that the new guidelines are meant to supplement — not replace — any state or local health and safety laws and regulations.

Perry Halkitis, dean of the Rutgers School of Public Health, breaks down the new guidelines with Anchor Briana Vannozzi.