The final line of the proclamation issued Wednesday evening by the White House Press Secretary’s Office reads: “I urge all Americans to gather in their homes and places of worship to offer prayers of thanksgiving for our many blessings.”
Cases of the corona virus are on the rise, and public health officials warn that family gatherings such as Thanksgiving, which often last for generations at home, could put vulnerable people at risk.
More than 261,000 people have died from Govt-19 in the United States, according to Johns Hopkins University. More than 12.7 million people are infected with the virus and the United States has set several new daily records for hospital admissions.
Although presidential declarations during the holidays are usually passive statements issued by the White House, from time to time they take on the political tone of the administration or current events. This year’s declaration also includes sections dedicated to combating corona virus infection.
Trump often defied public health warnings and entertained large groups at the White House, which were later considered super-spreaders, including a ceremony for new Supreme Court Justice Amy Connie Barrett, after which President Corona tested positive for the virus.
The number of traditional White House holiday parties will continue, but there will be safety precautions at indoor events, including small guest lists and mask requirements, First Lady Chief of Staff Stephanie Grisham said Monday.
CNN’s Nicki Carvajal, Betsy Klein and Kate Bennett contributed to the report.
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