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Democratic Gov. Gavin Newsom and the California Department of Public Health put a face to the dangers of unchecked government authority.
In the run-up to Thanksgiving, Gavin’s administration detailed new guidelines for all non-public gatherings amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
The far-reaching limitations include where gatherings are allowed to take place and for how long, and includes wearing a mask between bites. It also provides instruction on bathroom use.
Health and Human Services Secretary Dr. Mark Ghaly announced last week that the state will allow private outdoor gatherings if specific conditions are met, according to the San Francisco Chronicle.
Ghaly said residents from three separate households will be allowed to gather — this being a step up from the state discouraging gatherings outside of a single household.
“(The guidance) is really not to say that it’s a good idea or appropriate to gather, but to say more than three households, you really are increasing your risk,” he said at a news briefing, according to the Chronicle.
In addition to the gatherings being required to be outdoors, Ghaly said they are to last for no more than two hours.
“Gatherings are defined as social situations that bring together people from different households at the same time in a single space or place. When people from different households mix, this increases the risk of transmission of COVID-19,” the CDPH said in a statement.
“The longer the duration [of the gathering], the risk of transmission increases,” the statement added.
The department deemed outdoor gatherings to be “significantly safer than indoor gatherings,” though attendees may go indoors to relieve themselves.
But there were stipulations here, as well.
“All gatherings must be held outside. Attendees may go inside to use restrooms as long as the restrooms are frequently sanitized,” the release said.
The guidelines said attendees “could take away their face coverings briefly to eat or drink so long as they keep not less than 6 ft away from everybody outdoors… and put their face overlaying again on as quickly as they’re finished with the exercise.”
Ghaly stressed that the state was not “endorsing” families getting together for the holidays.
“Guidance here does not mean go. It doesn’t mean that we’re endorsing or suggesting small gatherings happen,” he emphasized. “We just want to provide important ways to reduce your risk, so you protect yourselves, your families and your communities.”
In fact, Ghaly went the opposite direction, saying: “We believe and still really support the messaging that spending time with your household alone is the way we can reduce transmission the best.”
For the record, the Chronicle reported that “coronavirus indicators in California are near their record lows. Hospitalizations are at their lowest level since early April and those in intensive care at their second-lowest level since officials began keeping track in late March.”
Former Fox News host Megyn Kelly responded to California’s heavy-handed approach, calling it “insanity.”
CA Gov’s Thxgiving insanity:
-Must be held *OUTSIDE*;
-Guests may use bathrm inside if sanitized;
-Masks on while not eating;
-Singing “strongly discouraged;”
-Max of two hours together;
-6 feet *mandated* in all directions b/twn all at table & otherwise. https://t.co/wPpOBgSctN
— Megyn Kelly (@megynkelly) October 25, 2020
That may be putting it mildly — here’s a sampling of responses to Kelly’s assessment from Twitter:
Just another example of leftist hypochondriac ninnies trying to use a highly contagious respiratory virus with a super low death rate (.13%) to run people’s lives. No thanks. I’ll take my (really good) chances with the ‘ro.
— Scott Morefield (@SKMorefield) October 25, 2020
The left is freaking insane!!!
— Travel with Wayne Moran (@waynemoran_inc) October 25, 2020
Im sorry, the government, any government, does not have this kind of power over you and I. If we give them this kind of power to come into our homes and regulate activity we have only ourselves to blame. Governor Lockdown can say whatever he wants, it’s not law and it’s not right
— Shaklford McShakington top .000001% only fans (@shaklford) October 25, 2020
Hahahahaha. I’m just gonna meet my family at a protest so we can spend proper family time without restrictions.
— Joshua 🌞 (@Jay_2the_Bee) October 25, 2020
Who’s enforcing these “rules”?
— Jen Stroup (@JenStroup) October 25, 2020
Sounds almost as ridiculous as the lockdown rules placed upon us in Melbourne, Australia.
— RaraAvis78 (@RaraAvis78) October 25, 2020
And he thinks this is enforceable? All Newsom accomplishes with this is driving people further away from following any of his COVID crack downs. The virus will spread more, not less.
— georgieana (@georgieana4) October 25, 2020
He needs to be removed from office. Why do we allow this type of overreach? Even the fact that he is suggesting these things is outrageous.
— quarantine cook (@title9111) October 25, 2020
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