As COVID-19 rages across the country and the world, local governments are now going beyond “asking” citizens to limit gatherings. We are being told now to cancel them altogether.
“You must cancel the normal Thanksgiving plans,” Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot said Thursday. “Particularly if they include guests that do not live in your immediate household.”
Governors in California and New York have issued demands some are looking at sideways. Among the new rules are; all gatherings must include no more than three households, masks must stay on after eating and drinking and singing, chanting and shouting are “strongly discouraged.”
The CDC has also jumped in with their guidelines: “if you are with friends or family outside your household, you should wear a well-fitting mask, keep 6 feet of distance from people who do not live with you, and keep hands clean. The agency also recommends bringing your own plate, cups, and utensils, store your mask safely while eating and drinking, avoid going in and out of the kitchen while food is being prepared, and using single use options for condiments and food containers.”
The State of Minnesota has become more specific – and they aren’t calling them “guidelines”. They are “restrictions”. On Tuesday, Gov. Tim Walz restricted the size of indoor and outdoor private gatherings to 10 and under, and limited them to people from just three households.
The rules, guidelines and restrictions vary by state. In Pennsylvania, college students have to get tested before going home.
New York says no more than ten people can gather.
We can share links from most states that show their concerns, guidelines, recommendations and pleas.
It’s easy to understand why this is happening. According to nearly every source COVID is surging just about everywhere. In many places hospitals are at near capacity or beyond. The fullly feared power of the pandemic is upon us and it appears to be getting worse.
There are also plenty of politics at play in the whole thing. Debates rage about the numbers almost as much as the pandemic rages itself.
But how does what is happening affect Christmas and why should we be concerned?
Look, we’re adults. We’re smart. We can manage our own homes.
The vast majority of people have all year been doing all they can to avoid the virus. Yes, there are the mask nazis and the anti-maskers in every community. But the vast group in the middle have changed everything about their lives, suffered job losses due to shutdowns and still go nowhere outside of their own homes without a mask.
For anyone, from the government or otherwise, trying to dictate what happens in a private home is crossing a very sacred line.
That is why you see snarky push back to Thanksgiving guidelines on social media and from celebrities in the mainstream media.
At the end of the day this is true: you don’t have to do as you are told.
That’s the first law of nature. You are independent.
Of course, as possessed with good common sense, most are being very careful with their choices related to the celebration of their holidays. Halloween, for example, was very different this year. To blame the current surge in corona cases on Halloween has been suggested by a few and they have been quickly shot down. While there are always exceptions in everything Halloween was celebrated differently specifically because of COVID.
So too will Thanksgiving and Christmas.
We are not advocating the unsafe celebration of anything. We are not disagreeing with the assessment of added risks that come from gathering. We are not disputing the science behind reducing the spread of the virus or any other dangerous disease.
What we are advising is that within the walls of your own home you make choices that are none of anyone else’s business. We believe you can choose wisely without “restrictions” or “mandates”.
As you hear the heightened rhetoric, and maybe fall under “restrictions” that may cause you to run a foul of the “law”, consider how so much of this could be a dangerous overreach.
We have been mocked for our warnings that they want to forbid the celebration of Christmas some day in our own homes.
Can’t you see how in the name of public health they are reaching into our homes and telling us what to do? These things are setting a dangerous precedent.
By all means, be safe. But by all means, celebrate your Thanksgiving and say no to the intrusion on your own private lives.