Out Of Touch Government Agencies Tell Americans: Downsize Thanksgiving, Mask Up Around Family If Not Vaccinated

With coronavirus cases in the United States increasing just before Thanksgiving, despite the widespread use of vaccines, many state and local health officials say Thanksgiving gatherings in the United States will be disrupted – whether or not people are vaccinated, but especially if they are not.

According to the Los Angeles County Public Health Department, people should avoid traveling if they are not fully vaccinated, interact with as few other families as possible, and wear masks while among people from differing houses.

“Keep your gathering small. Avoid mixing with many different families,” it says in its official Thanksgiving COVID statement. “Don’t be afraid to ask about people’s vaccination status and recent risks before joining a Thanksgiving gathering.”

“Wear face masks when gathering indoors with people not from your household, except when eating and drinking. Bring a mask to wear outside if the gathering is crowded, especially with people who are unvaccinated or are at increased risk of severe disease.”

People are also advised to “Keep distance while eating, unless everyone is vaccinated”. The advisory guidance also encourages families to test guests for COVID before gathering.

The City of Pasadena issued guidance that was nearly identical to Los Angeles’. The state of Vermont issued a similar notice as well, in which it warned that even close family members might be carriers of COVID-19.

Vermont’s guidance reads: “Keep it small. The more people and households, the higher the chance that someone could have the virus and expose other people. Even people you trust the most can have the virus and not know it.”

The state and municipal recommendations came at a time when the COVID-19 pandemic is approaching its 20th month and entering its second Holiday season. According to figures provided by Johns Hopkins, more than 770,000 Americans have died as a result of the illness.

However, vaccinations are now accessible to practically every single individual in the United States, with boosters available to older persons who are particularly vulnerable to the illness. There are also a growing number of negative consequences of pandemic mitigation efforts, including an increase in drug overdoses, learning loss and social issues in kids, high suicide rates and more.

Many states and local governments are no longer enforcing any form of mitigation measures and are actively opposing things like mask restrictions imposed on students by local school districts. Others, such as Illinois, continue to have mask regulations in place and are offering their residents strict guidance on how they should celebrate Thanksgiving this year.

“Keep indoor gatherings small,” the state’s Thanksgiving guidelines advise. “Arrange seating and other areas to allow for physical distance… Avoid having people congregate, such as in the kitchen or at the buffet.”

Sonoma County in California also issued a similar stern warning.

“At all times, unvaccinated people should wear a mask indoors and maintain social distancing of 6 feet when meeting with people outside their immediate family,” it said. “The mask, which should be at least two-ply and preferably three-ply, should cover your nose and mouth.”

Also, the Virginia Department of Health appears to be pushing the use of masks during the Thanksgiving holiday.

“Planning Thanksgiving with care and love this year means adding masks, hand washing, and vaccinations to your list,” the organization wrote in a tweet.

When celebrating Thanksgiving, Delaware suggests holding it outside if possible and keeping the guest list as small as possible since “[s]maller gatherings… enable you to social distance from those who are not vaccinated.” There is a projected low of 39 degrees on Thanksgiving Day in Delaware!

Officials, including those from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and Dr. Anthony Fauci, President Biden’s top coronavirus consultant, are advising Americans that if they are vaccinated and have had their boosters, they should have less worry while congregating with others.

Appearing on ABC News this week, Fauci said, “If you’re vaccinated, and hopefully you’ll be boosted too, and your family is, you can enjoy a typical Thanksgiving meal, Thanksgiving holiday with your family. There’s no reason not to do that,”

However, Fauci did not specifically address Thanksgiving for unvaccinated persons in his remarks, and health experts such as Washington Secretary of Health Umair Shah believe that such individuals should be altering their Thanksgiving festivities in particular.

“There is still risk if you are not vaccinated. We want people to understand that risk. Traveling, gathering, families that may have people who are not fully vaccinated who are coming together, those are people who may be putting themselves or others at risk,” Shah said last week.

 

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