RALEIGH – Governor Roy Cooper and Health Czar Mandy Cohen said in Tuesday’s COVID briefing that he has a ‘hard ask’ of North Carolinians this Christmas — please cancel it.
In keeping with his Ebeneezer Scrooge act, Cooper said that because of the spiking coronavirus numbers, it’s best that loved ones connect only by phone or online this Christmas.
The CDC is recommending no travel, and so Cooper and Cohen are signaling their COVID virtues with warnings against any gatherings at all. If you must get together, they warn, remember to mask up in your own house, limit it to no more than 10 people, and, actually, just go outside and shout at each other from across the yard.
“[…] “With holidays here, I know it is hard to imagine missing out on our beloved holiday traditions with families and loved ones getting together,” Cooper said. “Like Thanksgiving, we need to rethink what it means to celebrate this December.”
[…] During the Christmas and New Year’s celebrations over the next couple of weeks, Cooper says residents should limit the number of people in a gathering, wear masks and keep the gatherings outdoors.
“We are just seeing the Thanksgiving numbers spike over the last couple of days,” Cooper said. “This Christmas could be even worse. The safest option is to connect online or by phone. Doing that ensures that more of our loved ones will be with us for the next holiday season with an end in sight.” […]”
Cooper then extended the Christmas cheer by again begging local authorities to adopt fines and penalties for enforcing his orders and encouraged ‘getting people in trouble’ for violations, because that’s what it will take to slow the spread of the virus.