Thanksgiving this year has all but been officially cancelled.
States across the country have encouraged residents not to go to family gatherings as coronavirus cases once again rise. But according to a recent Jeffries survey of consumers, approximately 69% of people polled plan to gather in groups with friends or family for the holidays.
“Look, the virus doesn't care how much you love people,” said Dr. Jonathan Reiner, a professor at George Washington University School of Medicine, to CNN. “So let’s stay safe this year.
“This Thanksgiving is going to suck a bit. We need to be careful, and we need to take care of each other, which means we should really have Thanksgiving for people that we live with."
Thanksgiving isn’t the only day that’s been canceled.
The day before Thanksgiving is traditionally a big drinking day — a money-maker for bars hurting in winter months. But this year, states and cities are determined not to let that happen.
Pennsylvania announced that alcohol sales would be prohibited at all bars and restaurants from 5 p.m. Wednesday until 8 a.m. Thursday. Pennsylvania Secretary of Health Dr. Rachel Levine made this announcement on Monday.
New York City — once the worldwide epicenter of the virus, which nabbed Gov. Andrew Cuomo an Emmy for his daily press briefings — is rolling back restrictions as cases surge in the city and boroughs, as well as upstate New York in some college towns.
NYC Mayor Bill DeBlasio has warned of a lockdown but cannot authorize one without the governor.
See which states increased restrictions this week, including California, Delaware, Washington, D.C., Iowa, Kentucky, Nevada, New York, North Carolina, Pennsylvania and Tennessee.
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