Syracuse. NY — New York Governor, Andrew Cuomo, recently implemented an order stating that private parties can not exceed more than 10 people. This order is in response to COVID-19 cases and deaths increasing around the state.
With the order being enforced and cases increasing, it’s putting families in a difficult position as it effects how they will celebrate Thanksgiving.
“In terms of my sister and her family, they usually go down to Connecticut to visit her husband’s family,” says Brent Hiller, a Syracuse resident. “They are not going to be able to do that this year and I know they are super disappointed about it. They’re really effected by this order.”
Hiller says that his family will abide by the order and take extra precaution this holiday season.
“Just knowing that I am around my family, especially having older parents,” Hiller says. “My Dad also has diabetes. The virus effects that population pretty heavily. We’ve definitely been very careful with this virus going on.”
Lauren Anderson, a contact tracer for Onondaga County, says that families should try to limit the amount of people who are in the household by using technology such as FaceTime and Zoom.
“There will be many Thanksgivings to come where people won’t be sick and ill,” Anderson says. “I think it’s worth it in the long run to cancel this Thanksgiving and just do it through zoom.”
Anderson says if you must have family over for Thanksgiving, you should not let your guard down and still take extra safety precautions.
“Try to wear your mask as much as possible besides just eating,” Anderson says. “While you’re eating, stay six feet apart. Not the traditional dinner table pack with 30 people.”