In the midst of this pandemic, state & local officials are placing restrictions on Thanksgiving gatherings, ranging from the number of people allowed in each home for celebrating Thanksgiving to limiting such gatherings to one household to even where people can go.
Here are some examples:
- In Rhode Island and Minnesota, Thanksgiving celebrations are to be confined to one household (i.e. relatives who do not live together are not allowed to celebrate Thanksgiving together).
- In Kentucky, Thanksgiving gatherings are limited to eight people from two households.
- In Pennsylvania, everyone who gets together to celebrate Thanksgiving at someone’s house has to wear a mask, despite the gathering taking place in a private residence. In addition, Pennsylvania residents are being encouraged to deliver Thanksgiving dishes to their family, friends, and neighbors instead of eating with them, to spend time with just those relatives in their own households, and to have virtual dinners with those unable to spend Thanksgiving with them in person.
- In New York, each Thanksgiving gathering is limited to ten people, but many sheriffs in that state have declared they will not enforce such measures, thus drawing criticism from New York Governor Andrew Cuomo.
- In Oregon, Thanksgiving gatherings are limited to six people, and from just one household. Those in violation of the Executive Order issued by Oregon’s Governor Kate Brown can face a fine of $1250 and/or thirty days in jail. In addition, the governor is encouraging people to call the police on those violating the order.
- In California, Thanksgiving gatherings are limited to people from three households, and should be no more than two hours.
So there you have it. Officials in various states dictating to the people they serve on how big their Thanksgiving gatherings can be.
Now it is a question of how many people across the country will comply with such draconian measures. It’s one thing if some people choose not to celebrate Thanksgiving or place limits on the gatherings at their own discretion, but to have the authorities impose such measures is a direct violation of the freedom that we cherish.
I should add that freedom is something the Pilgrims sought when they came to the New World.
And just how exactly will the state and local police enforce these measures? Are they going to break down the door of a given house if they see five or more cars parked outside? Will they knock on the door and ask how many people are there, and possibly even search the house?
In the case of the latter two scenarios, I would tell the cops to get a search warrant.
And that is something to keep in mind if you plan on celebrating Thanksgiving with your family and/or friends.