Yep, Christmas, too.
And Hanukkah, and Kwanzaa, even the Pagan December holiday of Yule.
Scrap the family plans — probably.
That’s essentially what Gov. Tim Walz said Monday in response to a question, with state Health Commissioner Jan Malcolm nodding in agreement.
The question was, basically: We just got through a Thanksgiving where gatherings of extended families were essentially banned by executive order. Christmas, too?
Here’s how Walz answered:
“I’m not going to surprise anybody,” Walz said, noting that it likely would be two to three more weeks before we can tell how well the current coronavirus restrictions are working — and whether people who gathered anyway for Thanksgiving will bring another wave of infections. “I think the guidance around Thanksgiving is going to be very similar to around Christmas. … Maybe what we learned from Thanksgiving can be applied to Christmas — what did work, what didn’t work.
“But I would assume that there would be little reason for me to believe there’s going to be a dramatic change in the trajectory of the virus and the virus spread in the next little less than four weeks,” he said.
Walz’s answer came following a briefing where he and Malcolm went over historical trends of the virus’ spread in the state since the pandemic began. Big picture, Malcolm said: “This is the worst spot we’ve been in since March.”
Walz instituted the current “lay-low” restrictions Nov. 18, with the support of the state’s medical community, essentially closing in-person service at restaurants and bars, closing fitness centers and gyms, ending youth sports and limiting family and social gatherings. For now, the order is set to expire Dec. 18.
The eight-day Jewish holiday of Hanukkah starts at sundown Dec. 10.
Christmas is Dec. 25, and Kwanzaa, observed by some African-Americans, starts Dec. 26.
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