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Vermonters change Thanksgiving plans after multihousehold gathering ban

Published: Nov. 15, 2020 at 10:45 PM EST|Updated: Nov. 16, 2020 at 6:26 AM EST
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BURLINGTON, Vt. (WCAX) - Some Vermonters are quickly changing their Thanksgiving Day plans after Gov. Phil Scott’s new ban on multihousehold gatherings.

The governor says since October, 71% of the cases associated with an outbreak are linked to a private party or social gathering.

“I know it’s difficult, but we need Vermonters to avoid getting together socially with those outside their households so we can slow the record growth we’re seeing and keep each other safe," Scott said in a social media post.

Since October 1, 71% of cases associated with an outbreak are linked to a private party or social gathering. I know it's...

Posted by Governor Phil Scott on Saturday, November 14, 2020

“I can’t go home or spend it with family so I’m staying with my roommates,” said Katia Graff.

Matthew Julius says his family lives in New York state and won’t be able to travel to this side of Lake Champlain for the holiday.

“Personally, I don’t have much of a problem with that because they are on the elderly side and I would prefer them not to get sick,” Julius said.

Cody Grimm and his partner were planning to spend Thanksgiving with a friend in Burlington but are now having second thoughts.

“My partner and I were just going to do it with a close friend of ours who we met through a gardening class we did over the summer,” he said. “Now, we might not even be doing that because you know, they don’t live with us. So we’ll see. We’ll see.”

Many people say this holiday season will be a little less cheerful without their relatives.

“To have a full year not seeing them definitely sucks,” said Julius.

“It’s definitely a bit of a bummer,” Grimm said.

“It’s definitely a bummer. I won’t be able to see some of my family members but I think it’s worth it in the long run,” said Lauren Radford, whose brother from Connecticut will no longer be visiting her as originally planned.

Despite the disappointment, most people say they believe the restriction is necessary.

“I do. I think we kind of have to do it now for the greater good,” said Graff. “I mean, this whole year is about protecting, not just ourselves, it’s about protecting everyone else.”

“I don’t disagree with it. I think it needs to be done. It’s just, you know, it’s a bummer,” said Grimm. “It’s not anyone’s fault but it’s just the way it is.”

RESTAURANTS AND BARS

This weekend was the first that bars had to change up in-person services.

In an effort to slow the spread, bars and social clubs are now closed for in-person service; however, they are able to offer curbside and delivery.

Restaurants, on the other hand, are already at 50% capacity and must close to indoor seating at 10 p.m. They can only seat one household per table.

The guidance officially went into effect Saturday.

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