Some see it as a vital move to save lives. Others believe Scrooge has arrived early this season.
Oregon Gov. Kate Brown on Tuesday reached out via Twitter with a late update on COVID-19 management: Tell your visitors perhaps it’s best to reschedule until 2021.
Gov. Brown suggested families and individuals who planned to host Thanksgiving gatherings involving people who aren’t living with them should “uninvite” them.
“This is hard, but making difficult sacrifices now will save lives,” Brown wrote. “This Thanksgiving, keep it small. Uninvite them.”
The Democratic governor added a short video with a list of people who may qualify for the “uninvite” list, including “your new boyfriend,” “your drunken uncle,” “your argumentative aunt,” “your best friend” and “your vegan niece.”
With her state under a mandated “two-week freeze,” an increased level of restrictions that run through Dec. 2, Gov. Brown on Wednesday underscored the importance of holiday vigilance.
“It’s been a long year–and one that has been exceptionally challenging for Oregonians,” she said in a statement. “Not only have we been dealing with this pandemic, we also suffered through a heartbreaking and historic wildfire season. So many families have lost so much this year. Unfortunately, now, more than ever, is the time we must double down on our efforts to stop COVID from spreading.
“When people don’t respect how serious this virus is, and when they act against the recommendations of doctors and public health experts, not only are they putting themselves at risk, they’re putting all of us at risk,” she noted.
In addition to the “uninvite” tweet, she told residents to report coronavirus violations to the police. Those who are found to have violated the order could face up to 30 days in jail, up to $1,250 in fines, or both, according to the Oregonian.