RALEIGH – Have your Thanksgiving outside, they urge. No more than 10 people for your holiday meal, they demand. Please, counties, fine your residents who disobey, they beg.
The administration of Governor Roy Cooper, amid yet another round of Pandemic Panic, wants to micromanage your life, right down to how you conduct your family’s Thanksgiving dinner.
In fact, due to our governor’s authoritarian streak, the Great State of North Carolina — the ‘First in Freedom State’, no less — is on a distinguished list of those states that want to lord over your every move this holiday season.
From The Organic Prepper:
“[…] With Thanksgiving quickly approaching, the Centers for Disease Control, individual states, and a handful of universities seem to be competing for the most “thorough” advice on how families and friends should handle the holiday.
Some families are voluntarily changing how they intend to celebrate this year due to their concerns about the health of family members, which is understandable and well within their rights,. However, others are chafing at what they see as the restrictive and invasive nature of the “guidance.” […]
The North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services recommends not traveling anywhere for Thanksgiving. But if you do, or if you host an event, keep these guidelines in mind:
- Host your gathering outdoors, when possible. If this is not feasible, make sure the room or space is well-ventilated by opening windows and doors to the extent that is safe and feasible based on the weather.
- Arrange tables and chairs to allow for social distancing between guest. People from the same household can be in groups together and do not need to be 6 feet apart – just 6 feet away from other groups or families.
- Practice the 3 Ws (Wear, Wait, Wash) during the event: Wear a face covering when not eating or drinking, Wait six feet apart from others, and Wash your hands regularly.
- When guests need to remove a face covering to eat or drink, it is recommended they maintain 6 feet distance from people outside their household and put their face coverings back on after they are done eating or drinking.
- Limit people going in and out of the areas where food is being prepared or handled, such as in the kitchen or around the grill, if possible. Have one household approach the food serving area at a time to prevent congregating.
- Consider identifying one person to serve all food so that multiple people are not handling the serving utensils.
- Use single-use options or identify one person to serve sharable items, like salad dressings, food containers, and condiments, so that multiple people are not handling the items. (source)
The state also recommends attendees all be tested for COVID 3-4 days before the event. (source) […]”
Oh, what a distinction for the Old North State!
Read the rest of the list here.