With the Coronavirus pandemic tragically picking up steam as we head into the holiday season, many governors and mayors of major cities have introduced new restrictions on how residents celebrate their favorite holidays.
Your Thanksgiving table may be surrounded by empty chairs this year, and not because your favorite uncle insists on eating his turkey in front of the TV. In response to the feared second wave, many governors have pushed their states back into lockdown, and some, including California Governor Gary Newsom, are forcing through more draconian measures than others.
States such as New Mexico have already announced new lockdown measures while North Dakota, among others, are renewing mask mandates and travel restrictions.
On the cusp of the holiday season, many elected officials are taking more pointed approaches to limit festive activities and traditions.
Private California gatherings, like family parties, have been limited to no more than 3 households including the host family. The California Department of Public Health is also suggesting hosts “collect names of all attendees and contact information in case contact tracing is needed later.”
The CDPH is also instructing that “all gatherings must be held outside” and be limited to a duration of no more than 2 hours. Though if someone has to use the restroom, they’re allowed indoors so long as the bathrooms are frequently sanitized. Attendees must also wear masks in between bites of food, and are strongly discouraged from “singing, chanting, and shouting.”
New York Governor Andrew Cuomo, whose state suffered the most deaths from COVID-19, issued less specific restrictions, but still limited gathering to 10 people. New restrictions also required bars, restaurants, and gyms to close by 10:00 PM each night.
Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot urged residents to “cancel the normal Thanksgiving plans,” joining Gov. Cuomo in limiting gathering to no more than 10 people. Though she did not make these restrictions mandatory, Lightfoot left the door open to using the power of the city to enforce limitations.“I hope we don’t have to go any further than this,” she added.
No more than 3-days ago Mayor Lightfoot was seen partying in the street with a tightly compacted crowd numbering in the thousands celebrating the projection election of Joe Biden. Clearly these rules don’t apply to left-wing political protests.
Lightfoot defended her actions by saying, “everybody was wearing masks.”
“Yes, there are times when we actually do need to have … relief and come together, and I felt like that was one of those times.” Though she later made clear Thanksgiving and family gatherings are not one of those times. “That crowd was gathered whether I was there or not, but this has been a super hard year on everyone. Everyone feels traumatized.”
There is no way of knowing how strictly these rules will be enforced, if they’ll even be enforced at all.
The 7-day moving average for new Coronavirus cases has spiked from 36,000 daily cases 2-months ago to over 140,000 new cases every day. Daily deaths have risen from 761 in September to 1,100 today.
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