First it was the NCAA tournament, then Labor Day, then baseball (for the most part), then the 4th of July, all of summer, Disney World, pools, parades, high school football (for the most part), college football (until a mutiny), Halloween, and now Thanksgiving.
The people panicked about the coronavirus are looking to cancel everything in the name of ‘for your safety.’
The CDC last week added Thanksgiving to the list of no-no’s during the outbreak.
“Thanksgiving is a time when many families travel long distances to celebrate together,” the CDC said on its website. “Travel increases the chance of getting and spreading the virus that causes COVID-19. Staying home is the best way to protect yourself and others. If you must travel, be informed of the risks involved.”
No grandma’s house. No grandma. No family or friends. Just some turkey at home, alone.
Thanksgiving is the American holiday. It is about bounty, success, friends, family, perseverance, and buying things. Getting together, whether to eat too much or buy too much is part of the tradition.
The CDC is making sure to ruin that entirely. The agency is also suggesting against Black Friday shopping. In fact, shopping is just one of the many Thanksgiving staples that the CDC wants done away with.
Higher risk activities:
- Going shopping in crowded stores just before, on, or after Thanksgiving
- Participating or being a spectator at a crowded race
- Attending crowded parades
- Using alcohol or drugs, which can cloud judgement and increase risky behaviors
- Attending large indoor gatherings with people from outside of your household
When I said the no-fun-police were coming for Halloween (and I did) no one believed me. Well, look at the chances for trick-or-treating this year. Now it’s Thanksgiving. Once that is gone it will be Christmas, New Years, and then year-two of canceling everything that some pencil-pushing public health bureaucrat disagrees with.
But hey, at least we can all pack a park or the Fiserv to register to vote. And we will, of course, be allowed to riot on the day after the election if Trump wins a second term.
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