Outdoor Thanksgiving: Long Islanders adapt as COVID-19 cases rise ahead of holiday

Long Islanders are adapting with the times as coronavirus cases surge ahead of Thanksgiving.

News 12 Staff

Nov 25, 2020, 1:24 AM

Updated 1,298 days ago

Share:

Long Islanders are adapting with the times as coronavirus cases surge ahead of Thanksgiving.
Stacy Weir has been fighting with a tent on her back deck since she put it up for an outdoor, socially distant Thanksgiving. But the tent was no match for the weather.
Weir teaches art history and graphic design and works at a law firm. She says the heavy rain and strong winds were too much for her and the chair she stood on to secure the tent.
"The wind nearly blew me off my chair and that was the point where I said, all right, I'm not getting killed for this. And I wasn't inside five minutes and the whole thing just buckled," said Weir.
The rods snapped and parts of the tent cracked, but Weir rigged it back up.
The tent is now being held up with bungee cord, duct tape and a whole lot of hope, but Weir says having this Thanksgiving is about more than just bringing her family together this year.
"Two of my sisters are actually preparing to move to Florida, and this may be our last full, family Thanksgiving and my father passed away this time last year and my mother three years ago, and so I'm kind of clinging to the last of our Thanksgivings," said Weir.
Weir says it's not just her family that's changed for this year's planned Thanksgiving celebration. Thanks to Thursday's soggy forecast, she's moving the celebration to Friday, when better weather is expected.
"On Friday morning, I'll come out here, put the legs back on, put the curtain walls back up and cross my fingers," she said.
Weir says she's taking other precautions, like using plastic utensils, paper plates and separate tables so people who live together, eat together.


More from News 12