Recent numbers from the CDC track over 12 million Americans reporting to have tested positive for the novel coronavirus. Thanksgiving is not canceled, just modified.
In the US, Thanksgiving is the most traveled holiday of the year. It also launches the official start of winter festivals until the New Year celebration. However, days before the holiday begins, states and cities are encouraging people to rethink travel plans.
As the second wave of Covid-19 swells, local governments across the country have rolled back reopenings.
“The virus is spreading at a pace we haven’t seen since the start of this pandemic and the next several days and weeks will be critical to stop the surge. We are sounding the alarm,” said Governor Newsom (D-NY).
The state of California has been in a limited stay-at-home order since Saturday. In hopes to slow down COVID-19 cases that have increased by approximately 50 percent during the first week of November, a number of modified measures have been reissued.
Similar to Italy, California employed a color-coded system based on the health of counties. A four-tier ranking called the Blueprint for a Safer Economy, counties marked in yellow zones have minimal infections while those in the purple districts have the least amount of movement due to high Covid-19 cases.
Along with Oregon and Washington, the state of California issued a travel advisory with a 14-day quarantine. Ending a two-week work-at-home order in five days, Oregon’s governor, Kate Brown (D-NY) said, “For the last eight months, I have been asking Oregonians to follow to the letter and the spirit of the law, and we have not chosen to engage law enforcement.”
In Oregon, the estimated cases are roughly 1,100 a day with a surge in hospitalizations. To thwart rates, the governor used law enforcement to impose regulations. While the state’s Republican representation voiced disagreement with Gov. Brown’s decision, she said, “At this point in time, unfortunately, we have no other option.”
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Before California issued orders that are in place until December 21, San Francisco reentered modified public health orders that also asked residents to enjoy the season at home. Like San Francisco, the city of Los Angeles has implemented orders promoting Angelenos to keep their Thanksgiving festivities local.
“Your bubble is bigger than you think. Please don’t host or attend gatherings on Thanksgiving,” tweeted the city’s mayor, Eric Garcetti.
Along with enforcing a curfew allowing only essential workers between 11 p.m. and 5 a.m. to travel, outdoor dining is enforced, while attending local festivals or block parties are strongly disapproved.
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