The Centers for Disease Control updated its Coronavirus health guidelines this week for the upcoming Thanksgiving weekend; urging all Americans to stay home and avoid unnecessary travel to slow the spread of the disease.
“With Thanksgiving approaching our hearts and minds turn to visiting family and friends,” said Dr. Henry Walke, the agency’s COVID-19 incident manager, during the briefing. “Amid this critical phase, the CDC is recommending against travel during the Thanksgiving period.”
“The agency also recommends travelers consider whether someone they may see during their visit is at risk for severe illness, whether community spread is high where you live, or at your destination, if there are local quarantine requirements, and if travel plans require bus, train or air, and if so, what social distancing measures will be implemented,” reports Fox News.
“Gatherings with family and friends who do not live with you can increase the chances of getting or spreading COVID-19 or the flu,” the guidelines state.
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HOME ALONE: Minnesota Gov Tells Residents ‘Stay Home’ This Thanksgiving, Avoid Friends and Family
Minnesota Governor Tim Walz advised residents across the state to “stay home” this Thanksgiving and avoid contact with “friends” or members of your extended family to slow the spread of CoVID-19.
“What’s really hard about this is it’s some of the places that are most important to us, mainly being your home,” Walz said as he detailed a four-week long order. “To invite a friend over or a brother-in-law to watch the Vikings play the Bears is one of the riskiest things we can do right now. It seems too easy and it doesn’t seem like that’s a big deal but that would be a big risk.”
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Walz added: “I heard a nurse the other day who was with me and she said ‘please stay home over Thanksgiving so you’re not celebrating with me in the emergency room.'”
“Except as specifically permitted in this Executive Order, social gatherings are prohibited,” the Walz executive order says. “Social gatherings are groups of individuals, who are not members of the same household, congregated together for a common or coordinated social, community, or leisure purpose—even if social distancing can be maintained. This prohibition includes indoor and outdoor gatherings, planned and spontaneous gatherings, and public and private gatherings.”
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THANKSGIVING CANCELED? De Blasio Tells New Yorkers to Stay Home for Thanksgiving, Don’t Travel
New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio urged all New Yorkers to avoid interstate travel this November to avoid spreading the Coronavirus during the upcoming Thanksgiving holiday weekend and beyond.
“I have to urge all New Yorkers: do not travel out of state for the holidays,” said de Blasio. “Do not travel to a state with a high infection rate. Do not travel to a country with a high infection rate.”
“For those who do travel, recognize how important it is to get tested and recognize there is a very strict quarantine in New York State and if you go elsewhere you will have to observe a two-week quarantine coming back. There are a few states that is not true for -but only a few states- the vast majority of American states now are on the New York state quarantine list,” he added.
There are 40 states in the USA currently on New York’s no-travel advisory list.
Read the full report at Fox New York.