More than a third of Americans want to get their pumpkin pie and eat it this Thanksgiving, according to a new study.
Despite the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, 38 percent plan a holiday dinner with 10 or more people – and 27 percent do not plan to practice social distancing during their celebration, according to a national survey by Wexner Medical Center, Ohio State University.
The survey also found that 33 percent of respondents said they were unlikely to ask their guests to wear masks, and 20 percent would not refuse guests who had symptoms of the virus.
The majority of respondents say they will break bread and cut a turkey only with the people in their household, and almost three-quarters plan to practice social distance.
“We will look back at what happened during this holiday season and ask ourselves, ̵
“When you get together around the table, engage in conversation, sit at a distance of less than 6 feet with masks down, even in a small group, then the spread of this virus can really happen.”
One family that plans to shorten its list of family invitations for the holiday is Bidens. The president-elect said Monday that he and his wife, Jill, were cutting relatives off their list of gratitude for the COVID-19 pandemic and would remain within the set maximum of 10.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says that even “small household gatherings are an important factor in the increase in COVID-19 cases.”
The agency urges people to bring their own food to holiday gatherings, sit outside and avoid entering and leaving the kitchens.
As the number of cases in the United States and the three-nation zone grew, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo and New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy issued executive orders restricting indoor gatherings to 10 or fewer people and discouraging travel.
Home tips are also in effect north of the Big Apple in Vernon Mountain and Chicago.
Meanwhile, a new study from Canada suggests that the careless approach to gatherings during Thanksgiving Day on October 12 is rapidly accelerating the spread of COVID-19 north of the border.