In the never-ending saga that is 2020, Thanksgiving celebrations could be smaller this year in response to new statewide restrictions implemented this week.
Gov. Jay Inslee is asking Washington residents to limit indoor social gatherings to members of the same household unless they can quarantine successfully for seven days AND receive a negative COVID-19 test no more than 48 hours before the gathering.
These tighter restrictions are in response to the recent sharp incline of positive COVID cases. On Nov. 17, there were 2,321 new cases reported in Washington state. The New York Times reported this is an average increase of 123% from two weeks ago.
Clark College Running Start student Logan Maxwell said he’s not sure if his plans will change based on the new guidelines. Usually, his Thanksgiving day celebration includes many friends and family, some from out of town. This year, their get together will be more intimate.
“We had a smaller Thanksgiving planned anyway,” said Maxwell. “It will end up being less than 10 people; people that we interact with maybe a couple times a month.”
A senior at iTech Prep, 18-year-old Maxwell is set to graduate this spring. His high school is evaluating every week if they will open after the new year.
Limiting contact this holiday season may be the key to getting these students back in the classroom for the remainder of the school year.
“I recognize that as each day comes it [the pandemic] is worse and worse. We’re setting new records. I think it’s good to make people more aware of what needs to be done to curb the spread of the virus,” said Maxwell. “But, also, I can see why some people are just…tired of it.”