At the same time, officials admit that many ignore the recommendations and direct prohibitions of the authorities.
If in Pennsylvania you invite friends to chat, both you and your friends must wear masks.
This is the rule, but Barb Chestnut is not going to follow him on Thanksgiving.
“No one will tell me what I can and cannot do in my home,” says 60-year-old Chestnut from Shippensberg.
In an effort to deal with an out of control pandemic, governors and mayors are tightening the cloak-and-dagger regime and imposing restrictions on meetings in rooms where they see the cause of the coronavirus accelerating its spread.
But while these measures have the force of law, it is impossible to monitor their implementation in practice.
While many people, of course, listen to health advice, some will inevitably ignore the new state and municipal restrictions and socialize anyway.
According to experts, this may increase the burden on hospitals and lead to an even greater surge of morbidity and mortality after the holidays.
“I think there is a lot of resistance here,” said Dr. David Rubin, director of the PolicyLab research group at the Philadelphia Children’s Hospital.
According to Johns Hopkins University, the country has an average of 172,000 coronavirus cases per day, almost twice as many as at the end of October. The number of hospitalizations, fatalities and positive test results has also increased dramatically.
In response to this, the authorities are introducing restrictions.
In Utah and Vermont, any informal meetings are prohibited. Local authorities in Philadelphia and Dane County in Wisconsin made the same decisions.
No more than eight people from two households can gather in Kentucky and no more than six in Oregon.
In California, a night curfew has been introduced.
Senior health officials have urged Americans not to travel for Thanksgiving.
However, according to the Transportation Security Administration, more than a million people arrived at U.S. airports on Sunday, the largest number since the pandemic began.
Dr. Debra Bogen, director of health care for Pennsylvania’s Allegheny County, which includes Pittsburgh, said too many people are ignoring the recommendations of health authorities, resulting in the virus spreading uncontrollably.
“I asked people to follow the rules, not to hold meetings and parties, to stay home unless absolutely necessary and to wear masks. I don’t ask for this anymore,” said Bogen.
She said her recommendation to stay home could turn into an order if people don’t listen.
But even some police departments are not ready to cooperate.
Some sheriffs in upstate New York said they have no intention of enforcing the ban on private meetings involving more than ten people recently issued by Democrat Governor Andrew Cuomo.
“You don’t have to hide cars and sneak around to get together with your family. We don’t intend to exhaust our limited resources to get search warrants and count how many people eat turkey at your house,” Madison County Sheriff Todd Hood wrote on Facebook.