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COVID-19 cases spike; new curfews and social gathering limits are in place


November 20, 2020

With all 50 states reporting spikes in COVID-19 pandemic cases, and with Minnesota and Upper Midwest states in the thick of it, new state guidelines and restrictions for social gatherings have gone into effect. Thanksgiving celebrations, except for households, will need to be scaled back. The new guidelines announced in the second week of November may be expanded in early December.

And that could be sooner if Minnesota follows the lead of other states hunkering down as precautions of the rapidly expanding pandemic. The new restrictions and guidelines are less stringent than those imposed earlier in various states and by countries around the world. But in announcing current guidelines, Gov. Tim Walz acknowledged important steps are necessary now if we all may "dance a lot longer."

The guidelines and related bar and restaurant limits won't affect the Native American community more than others, especially other ethnic communities that also host large family occasions. Large families, however, should begin adjusting their traditional Thanksgiving Day plans. Families and friends are told to keep a 10-person limit for both indoor and outdoor gatherings. All who do attend these social gatherings should be from only three households or less, including the host.


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