New restrictions impacting Thanksgiving

Jordyn Reed
Updated: November 19, 2020 11:37 PM
Created: November 19, 2020 11:35 PM

(ABC 6 News) - Thanksgiving, and the rest of the holiday season, will look and feel different this year because of the newest statewide restrictions.

Gathering with people living outside of your home is not allowed, even if it's family, according to Executive Order 20-99. Governor Tim Walz says it's all about keeping people safe and to stop the spread of the coronavirus. 

However, if you look on social media, the opinions are everywhere and the new restriction about family gatherings is receiving mixed reviews. 

This year, many people will be celebrating Thanksgiving without their families and that's the case for Medford resident Dawn Caron and Austin resident Bridgette Trimble.

Caron said, "typically we have 25 to 35 people for Thanksgiving. It's always been my grandparents, my parents, all my brothers and sisters, my aunts and her kids, and their kids."

For Trimble, every year is spent with her extended family and has been that way since she was a child, and "even before I was ever thought of," Trimble added.

The new orders have been met with a mix of reviews, some agreeing with the ban on social gatherings and that's where Caron stands on the issue. 

"I agree with it. You know I understand that people can make their own decisions but with the numbers as scary as they are and hearing all the stories from like nurses and stuff, on how the hospital beds are filling's a fear."

Then there are some people who don't agree and feel it should be left up to people to decide.

"I feel that each family has certain circumstances that they can all take into their own consideration and be able to make their own decisions whether they want to gather as a family for Thanksgiving or not," Trimble said. "My family is chosing this year not to not because Walz told us we couldn't but because of my dad's underlying conditions."

So, who is in charge of enforcing the ban on social gatherings? Local law enforcement said it's not up to them. If they receive a tip they will assess the situation but ulitmately it will be up to the county health departments.

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