October 30, 2020

California Governor Issues Guidelines for Private Thanksgiving Gatherings

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By: Amy Jo Underwood

In Brief: 

California Governor Gavin Newsom, along with the California Department of Public Health, has issued strict guidelines for private Thanksgiving gatherings. Among other things, he states that gatherings must be outdoors, no more than three households, and preferably in disposable containers. 

The Background:

Governor Gavin Newsom has issued restrictions for private Thanksgiving celebrations, on top of already existing public gathering restrictions. According to Newsweek, Newsom has ordered that all gatherings be outdoors and smaller than three households. Additionally, Newsom and the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) have stated that attendees at outdoor private gatherings may go into the place of residence to use the restroom, provided that the restroom is sanitized frequently.

Newsom and the CDPH state that masks must be worn at the gatherings, only removed while eating and drinking, and staying six feet apart. Attendees are expected to put their masks back on immediately after eating. Food should be served in single-serve, disposable containers, if possible. Attendees are requested to refrain from physical activity or shouting. Furthermore, Newsom and the CDPH state that gatherings should be kept to a duration of two hours or less, for minimum spread of potential spread. 

According to the Daily Signal, Newsom and the CDPH also request (although they do not mandate) that the hosts of private gatherings keep a record of attendees, in case contact tracing is required after the event.

Notable Quotes:

“The space for the gathering must be large enough to allow guests to maintain a physical distance of at least six feet from those who are not in their household at all times. ‘Seating must provide at least 6 feet of distance (in all directions—front-to-back and side-to-side) between different households,’ the statement noted.” -MSN. 

 

Amy Jo Underwood writes from Alabama

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