Gov. Baker: ‘Holidays Have To Look & Feel Different This Year; State Recommends Smaller Thanksgiving Celebrations

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BOSTON – Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker said with an increase in coronavirus cases across the Commonwealth, the “holiday have to look and feel different this year.”

Gov. Baker said “people need to stop hosting big parties.”

“I say that as Halloween approaches,” said the Governor.

Gov. Baker said outdoor traditional outdoor trick or treating with a mask is safer than indoor Halloween parties.

Framingham’s Health Director Sam Wong has “strongly discouraged” “traditional trick or treating”

But he also discussed Thanksgiving.

Gov Baker. said the last 9 months have been tough on every body and the holidays are a time to get together and celebrate, but this is not the year to do it.

He said hosting indoor Thanksgiving meals is the “worst case scenario to spread the virus.”

Gov. Baker suggested hosting Thanksgiving with only those in your house and hold virtual celebrations with your parents and grandparents.

“Every family needs to think long and hard before making plans,” said the Governor.

“Simply a bad idea to risk exposing them,” said the Governor.

“COVID won’t take a vacation and simply wont respect the holidays,’ said Gov. Baker.

“If students are coming home from college, (Massachusetts) has travel restrictions,” explained Massachusetts Health Secretary MaryLou Sudders.

If a student is travelling to Massachusetts from a state not on the low risk list, that would mean quarantining in their home with their family for 14-days, she said.

More on the travel restrictions and the state’s travel form, click here.

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Report was last updated at 1:25 p.m. with quotes from the health secretary

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