On the to-do list this week: It’s time to take a fresh look at your face masks. After all, you may still be using some of the same masks you first picked up in March. We’ve got advice on how to weed your mask stash. Also, Thanksgiving is next week, and we have some tips for what will be, for many of us, a different kind of holiday.
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Stay healthy, stay safe, and, as much as possible, it’s still a good idea to stay home.
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It may be the time to replace some of those fabric face masks. If you’ve been going to the same stack since March, including those you cobbled together out of old T-shirts and bandanas as you tried to remember how to sew, they may need a refresh. But how can you tell which deserve the bin? Grace Dickinson breaks down when to toss a mask:
More great mask tips in Grace’s full piece.
There are new restrictions in place in New Jersey and Philly. Having a hard time keeping track of what the latest rules are? We’ve got it all for you in some handy, easy-to-use guides:
It’s almost time to give thanks. But with COVID-19 numbers rising, in-person dinners may be off the table (experts are advising not to gather with people outside your household, even for an outdoor meal). Gathering around a Zoom call may make it harder to feel close to those you care about. And combined with a fractious year, it’s harder than ever to feel like you’re coming together. Elizabeth Wellington put together some helpful conversation prompts to feel close with family when you have to stay far away.
Not only do these prompts get us past what divides us, you may find that the conversation, even a virtual one, can make you feel closer than ever. More great tips in Elizabeth’s full piece.
Gun sales are way up this year, and many are first-time buyers. While Pennsylvania does not require gun owners to get gun safety training or safely store their firearms, experts say it can save lives. If you have a gun in the house, Nick Vadala has advice on how you can be a safer and more responsible gun owner.
More essential gun safely advice in Nick’s full piece.