(ETH) – Washington’s governor has just banned Thanksgiving gatherings and announces new COVID business restrictions. According to the report, Governor. Jay Inslee will implement these new sweeping restrictions on businesses and activities as the state has reported over 2,000 cases a day over the weekend and the average coronavirus cases in the state have doubled in the past two weeks.
“This spike puts us in a more dangerous position as we were in March,” Inslee said during a press conference Sunday. “And it means, unfortunately, the time has come to reinstate restrictions on activities statewide to preserve the public’s well-being and to save lives. These were very difficult decisions that have very real consequences to people’s livelihoods.
I recognize that and don’t take those impacts lightly, but we must act now and act quickly to slow the spread of this disease.” The new restrictions will order, bars and restaurants to no longer allow indoor seating. Outdoor seating will be allowed as long as proper safety protocols are followed, including tables being limited to no more than five people at a time and Restaurants will still be able to offer their customers to-go orders.
Meanwhile, All in-store retail, including grocery stores, will be limited to 25% capacity, and lingering in seated areas is off-limits. Religious services will also be limited to 25% indoor occupancy or no more than 200 people, with face coverings required at all times. No choir, band, or ensemble shall perform during the service. In Michigan, Governor. Gretchen Whitmer is at it again after announcing new restrictions on Sunday aimed at mitigating the spread of the virus in her state.
“The situation has never been more dire,” Whitmer said Sunday. “We are at the precipice, and we need to take some action.” According to Fox Business, beginning on Wednesday, in-person classes at high schools and colleges statewide and eat-in dining at restaurants and bars will be suspended until Dec. 8th, all organized sports and group exercise and casinos, movie theaters, bowling alleys, ice skating rinks, bingo halls, arcades, and indoor water parks will all have to temporarily shut down, and all businesses are asked to allow employees to work from home if possible.
As far as Thanksgiving goes: “Indoor gatherings are the greatest source of spread, and sharply limiting them is our focus,” said Robert Gordon, director of the state Department of Health and Human Services. “The order is targeted and temporary, but a terrible loss of life will be forever unless we act. By coming together today, we can save thousands of lives.”
Whitmer asked people to “make the difficult but right choice” and avoid large gatherings during the holiday. “If you are considering spending Thanksgiving with people outside of your household, I urge you to reconsider,” Whitmer said. “As hard as it is not seeing [family members] this Thanksgiving, imagine how much harder it would be if you weren’t able to see them for a future holiday ever again,” she added.
Don’t think that Christmas isn’t going to be an exception as CNN “State of the Union” host Jake Tapper recently suggested during a Sunday interview with Dr. Anthony Fauci that Christmas is “probably not gonna be possible” this year as medical experts continue to warn of the dangers of COVID-19 spikes caused by widespread indoor holiday gatherings. So when will we see things return to somewhat normal again?
According to Dr. Anthony Fauci, Americans should expect a gradual return to normal after Pfizer potentially rolls out its highly-effective vaccine at the end of the year, However during his interview with Jake Tapper on Sunday morning’s “State of the Union,” he speculated that it may not be until the second or third quarter of 2021 that Americans might expect to “start approaching a degree of normality.” “It’s not going to be a light switch, Jake,” Fauci said. “We’re not going to turn it on and off, going from where we are to completely normal.”