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State Leaders Asking Residents to Take a Limited Approach To Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving and social gatherings go hand in hand, and with Coronavirus cases on the rise across the country, state leaders are urging the public to take a limited approach to the holiday this year.

Posted: Nov 10, 2020 11:57 PM
Updated: Nov 11, 2020 7:13 AM

Thanksgiving -- it's a holiday defined by social gatherings, but as the pandemic continues it's deadly spread, Kentucky Governor Andy Beshear is fearing the worst.

"For those that you think that you may only have five, 10 Thanksgivings left with, if we're not careful this year, you might not have more than one," he said.

He said we're seeing more deaths resulting from the rapid resurgence of the virus in the region.

"We are seeing the resulting loss happening more at these family and social gatherings more than anywhere else right now,"he said.

Governor Beshear pointed to the recent Thanksgiving celebrated last month in Canada, which led to a spike in cases across their country.

Now, Governor Beshear is urging Kentuckians to stay home this year, stressing that traveling increases the chance of getting and spreading the virus.

He reccommends families limit their celebrations to only those in their household, wear face masks when not eating or drinking and avoid large gatherings altogether. 

While Beshear sends his message to Kentuckians, this limited approach is also extending beyond the Commonwealth with many already gearing up for a different looking holiday.

"We have a lot of to-go orders for Thanksgiving," said Renee Jimenez, owner of Nellie's Restaurant in Newburgh, Indiana.

Her diner has offered Thanksgiving meals for years, but this year there's more demand than ever she said.

"I actually see a rise in it," Jimenez said. "A lot of people have been messaging me on Facebook or calling here for their order."

And ordering out might be one of the safest methods this year, avoiding the typical timely, crowded dinner preparations.

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