Washington's First Couple Ask People To Scale Back Thanksgiving Celebrations

Nov 12, 2020

Washington's first couple appealed to families: Don't gather in big groups on Thanksgiving.
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Washington Governor Jay Inslee and the first lady, Trudi Inslee, today [Thursday] encouraged state residents to adjust their holiday plans.

During a statewide address on TVW, the Inslees said it’s too dangerous for large gatherings of family and friends at a time when Covid numbers are surging around the state.

“In the next few days, we will be announcing some further measures to prevent this from spreading. These decisions will affect what we do outside of the home, but what’s most urgent, right now, tonight, is what we do in our own dwellings. Tonight, we have a simple request from our family to yours. Please do not have Thanksgiving gatherings unless you’re positive that everyone there has quarantined successfully for 14 days, which would start today," Governor Inslee said.

The first couple spoke on a day when Spokane had its second-highest one-day Covid count, 216 cases. North Idaho recorded another 151 cases.