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California’s War on Holidays, Gatherings, Singing, Chanting, and Shouting

The state issues holiday-killing regulations: ‘Don’t forget to keep your mask on in between bites’

By Katy Grimes, October 22, 2020 7:11 am

California Governor Gavin Newsom and California Health and Human Services Secretary Mark Ghaly recommend cancelling Halloween door-to-door trick-0r-treating.

The Governor and Dr. Anthony Fauci recommend that Americans should cancel family Thanksgiving gatherings.

This reminds me of the actor Alan Rickman as Sheriff of Nottingham in Robin Hood, when he orders: “Cancel the kitchen scraps for lepers and orphans, no more merciful beheadings, and call off Christmas.”

California students are only partially back in school. Gyms are still closed. Restaurants are only allowed 20% capacity, and masks are required in public settings. Daily sightings of cyclists, runners, mothers pushing baby carriages and young co-eds playing volleyball in parks while wearing face masks are now “normal.”

Gov. Newsom  issued his new set of “guidelines” (orders) which ban gatherings of more than three households at a single family Thanksgiving celebration. The governor and his CHHS Secretary say no indoor gatherings will be permitted, so everyone is to plan on holding Thanksgiving out-of-doors in the backyard, or on the patio, or driveway.

My family of four grown sons, who have 6 children between them, would not qualify for Gov. Newsom’s buzzkill Thanksgiving celebration… we have too many family members, and apparently risk spreading a virus… the seasonal flu be damned.

We live in Sacramento, California, in the Northern part of the state. By the time Thanksgiving arrives, Northern California can be quite chilly, rainy, with snow in the Sierra Foothills and the most Northern part of the state. So outdoor Thanksgiving feasts aren’t really on the menu.

The holidays are usually a time families go to Disneyland and other theme parks, but not this year. These parks are still under such restrictive operational orders, because the Governor says theme parks are a higher risk than even outdoor stadiums.

Please familiarize yourself with the California order on Thanksgiving Celebrations, as California Globe previously reported.

The Oct. 9 California Health and Human Services agency document, “Mandatory Requirements for All Gatherings,” explains that all private gatherings must limit the number of attendees and are required to be held outside:

“Gatherings are defined as social situations that bring together people from different households at the same time in a single space or place.  When people from different households mix, this increases the risk of transmission of COVID-19.”

Mandatory Requirements for All Gatherings

All persons planning to host or participate in a private gathering, as defined above, must comply with the following requirements. Local health jurisdictions may be more restrictive than this guidance. Refer to your local guidance for what is allowed in your area.

1.    Attendance

    • Gatherings that include more than 3 households are prohibited. This includes everyone present, including hosts and guests.  Remember, the smaller the number of people, the safer.
    • Keep the households that you interact with stable over time. By spending time with the same people, risk of transmission is reduced. Participating in multiple gatherings with different households or groups is strongly discouraged.
    • The host should collect names of all attendees and contact information in case contact tracing is needed later.

2.    Gather Outdoors

    • Gatherings that occur outdoors are significantly safer than indoor gatherings. All gatherings must be held outside. Attendees may go inside to use restrooms as long as the restrooms are frequently sanitized.
    • Gatherings may occur in outdoor spaces that are covered by umbrellas, canopies, awnings, roofs, and other shade structures provided that at least three sides of the space (or 75%) are open to the outdoors.
    • A gathering of no more than three households is permitted in a public park or other outdoor space, even if unrelated gatherings of other groups up to three households are also occurring in the same park or other outdoor space.  If multiple such gatherings are occurring, mixing between group gatherings is not allowed.  Additionally, multiple gatherings of three households cannot be jointly organized or coordinated to occur in the same public park or other outdoor space at the same time – this would constitute a gathering exceeding the permitted size.  

3.    Don’t Attend Gatherings If You Feel Sick or You Are in a High-Risk Group

    • Anyone with any COVID-19-like symptoms (fever, cough, shortness of breath, chills, night sweats, sore throat, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, tiredness, muscle or body aches, headaches, confusion, or loss of sense of taste/smell), must stay home and not come into contact with anyone outside their household.
    • Anyone who develops COVID-19 within 48 hours after attending a gathering should notify the other attendees as soon as possible regarding the potential exposure.
    • People at higher risk of severe illness or death from COVID-19 (such as older adults and people with chronic medical conditions) are strongly urged not to attend any gatherings.

4.    Practice Physical Distancing and Hand Hygiene at Gatherings

    • For any gatherings permitted under this guidance, the space must be large enough so that everyone at a gathering can maintain at least a 6-foot physical distance from others (not including their own household) at all times.
    • Seating must provide at least 6 feet of distance (in all directions—front-to-back and side-to-side) between different households.
    • Everyone at a gathering should frequently wash their hands with soap and water, or use hand sanitizer if soap and water are not available. A place to wash hands or hand sanitizer must be available for participants to use.
    • Shared items should not be used during a gathering. As much as possible, any food or beverages at outdoor gatherings must be in single-serve disposable containers. If providing single-serve containers is not possible, food and beverages must be served by a person who washes or sanitizes their hands frequently, and wears a face covering. Self-serve items from communal containers should not be used.

5.   Wear a Face Covering to Keep COVID-19 from Spreading

    • When gathering, face coverings must be worn in accordance with the CDPH Guidance on the Use of Face Coverings (PDF), unless an exemption is applicable.
    • People at gatherings may remove their face coverings briefly to eat or drink as long as they stay at least 6 feet away from everyone outside their own household, and put their face covering back on as soon as they are done with the activity.
    • Face coverings can also be removed to meet urgent medical needs (for example, to use an asthma inhaler, take medication, or if feeling light-headed).

6.   Keep it short

    • Gatherings should be two hours or less.  The longer the duration, the risk of transmission increases.

7.   Rules for Singing, Chanting, and Shouting at Outdoor Gatherings

    • Singing, chanting, shouting, and physical exertion significantly increases the risk of COVID-19 transmission because these activities increase the release of respiratory droplets and fine aerosols into the air. Because of this, singing, chanting, and shouting are strongly discouraged, but if they occur, the following rules and recommendations apply:
      • All people who are singing or chanting should wear a face covering at all times while singing or chanting, including anyone who is leading a song or chant. Because these activities pose a very high risk of COVID-19 transmission, face coverings are essential to reduce the spread of respiratory droplets and fine aerosols;
      • People who are singing, shouting, chanting, or exercising are strongly encouraged to maintain physical distancing beyond 6 feet to further reduce risk.
      • People who are singing or chanting are strongly encouraged to do so quietly (at or below the volume of a normal speaking voice).
    • Instrumental music is allowed as long as the musicians maintain at least 6-foot physical distancing. Musicians must be from one of the three households.  Playing of wind instruments (any instrument played by the mouth, such as a trumpet or clarinet) is strongly discouraged.

Remember, California Globe reported last week, more than 30,000 medical practitioners and medical & public health scientists recently released a letter called the Great Barrington Declaration, telling politicians who continue to keep people in lockdown, they are causing more health issues and deaths than COVID-19.

This latest order is from Gov. Newsom, who also Tweeted out a recent ridiculous message:

“Going out to eat with members of your household this weekend? Don’t forget to keep your mask on in between bites. Do your part to keep those around you healthy. #SlowtheSpread covid19.ca.gov.”

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35 thoughts on “California’s War on Holidays, Gatherings, Singing, Chanting, and Shouting

  1. Violate this BS order. Do not pay a fine. Go to jail. Someone needs to fight this to the highest court. People need to quit complaining, do what Americans do; fight.

  2. If I didn’t know better I’d swear the “Mandatory Requirement for all Gatherings” was the brainchild of some very talented Babylon Bee parody writers. In my mind’s eye I see them sitting around a conference table getting hysterical over each gem, the more absurd the better, such as the bullet points under “Guidance on Use of Face Coverings” and “Rules for Singing, Chanting, and Shouting at Outdoor Gatherings.”

    1. You are right. The one thing Newsom left out is my patented “Do the Hokey Pokey and turn yourself around, guaranteed to reduce your chance of dying from Covid by better than 99%”.

      1. You have a greater chance of being hit by a car in SF if you are under 60 than having complications from COVID. Why don’t people walk around with helmets? Why don’t they drive in helmets? Why have people lost their mind? If you are driving in a mask you are sick person mentally and need years of therapy to return to civil society I am afraid. Check the facts. Learn how molecules work. Understand science. It will help!

        1. My family and I were wearing masks in the car and got so many dirty looks! We were on the way to a drive up coronavirus test because I’ve been having symptoms. I was too ill to drive myself and we wanted to lessen the viral load for the rest of the family. Try not to assume you know what’s going on.

        2. Idiocracy has arrived and it is the Government of California. California voters need to have a red uprising and throw these people out on their ear. If they keep electing these extreme leftist, then they deserve the idiocy that get!

      2. I know, CW —— I noticed that omission of your brilliant idea. Hey, it’s not THAT burdensome to incorporate what you suggest, in addition to every other behavioral mandate. WHY didn’t they?
        This shows that obviously Newsom & Co don’t care about reducing COVID fatality odds.

        1. Comrades

          You are required to comply……no shirking…..immediately comply…..sacrifice and glory for the Collectivist State

          1. Who are you ? You don’t even know. All I have to say. “It’s a free country and try to stop me. You weak asshole you call yourself a man ? Your an narcissist scared asshole

          2. shove it dumbass Were going to invite another 10 people over for thanksgiving – and we’d like to see you do something about it. Go on Make My Day

  3. I wear a mask in public, but I’ll be damned if I am going to comply to his bullshit in my own home, or yard. I am concerned, yes. But I will not allow this to consume my life or my family. Enough interference already. Back the eff off!

    1. Exactly. We are in a weird position here. I am fine with whatever rules we need to have when in stores, etc. But in my yard. In my home. On a walk 30+ feet from others. I am going to go and side with science and doctors and not the insane fear people have. And in case everyone missed it, being near other people with or without a mask is riskier than not being around other with or without a mask. Masks help 6% in community settings. 6% helpful. So yes, helpful, but two friends talking 30 minutes 2 feet from one another with masks on is a far greater risk than running on the beach.
      CDC study:
      https://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/volumes/69/wr/pdfs/mm6936a5-H.pdf
      Study cited by NYT, Guardian, etc:
      https://royalsociety.org/-/media/policy/projects/set-c/set-c-facemasks.pdf?la=en-GB&hash=A22A87CB28F7D6AD9BD93BBCBFC2BB24
      “in community settings concluded that wearing a face mask slightly reduces the odds of infection by the wearer by around 6%”

      “In a pooled meta-analysis, the authors conclude that there was no significant reduction in influenza transmission with the use of face masks”

    2. Idiocracy has arrived and it is the Government of California. California voters need to have a red uprising and throw these people out on their ear. If they keep electing these extreme leftist, then they deserve the idiocy that get!

  4. People are really losing track of their own rules. In California, you don’t need masks if you are not within 6 feet of other people. Yet people keep wearing them even when 30 feet from others. This is insane. What people use to call “junk science.” The rules above illustrate the weird double speak. If you are 6 feet apart from one another you don’t need to keep a mask on. Period.

    MASKS NOT REQUIRED:
    When engaged in outdoor recreation, like swimming, walking, hiking, bicycling or running if you’re able to maintain a distance of six feet from others.

    The above is California Law from the California Department of Public Health Guidance:
    https://www.cdph.ca.gov/Programs/CID/DCDC/CDPH%20Document%20Library/COVID-19/Guidance-for-Face-Coverings_06-18-2020.pdf

    And for the people jogging alone away from others. Why do you doubt doctors? Why do you not listen to the WHO? Why do you want to make people unhealthy?

    Should You Wear a Face Mask When Running Outdoors?

    According to the World Health Organization you should never wear a mask while exercising (link below). People are having skin and breathing problems because they are wearing masks for prolonged periods during exercise when they shouldn’t be.
    Source:
    https://www.who.int/emergencies/diseases/novel-coronavirus-2019/advice-for-public/myth-busters#exercising

    1. It’s is possible these people wearing masks walking/running outdoors have had intimate contact with a person known to have coronavirus or have tested positive themselves but are asymptomatic. You never know what someone is going to be right around the corner or run down their driveway. I understand it’s still a low chance but if you know you’ve been exposed it might be what they consider the right thing to do?

  5. Screw Gavin Newsom! Are they going to take entire families to jail for having thanksgiving dinner? What can we do to put an end to this madness? Mass general strike, stop paying taxes, riot till we burn this place down? Something has to be done. Why have companies like Tesla allowed to reopen and stay open while so many others businesses have closed permanently? Why did the governor support and encourage the George Floyd protests saying “ your rage is real. Express it so we can hear it.” ? These protests where hundreds and thousands of people were crammed together yelling at the top of their lungs with and without masks but he bans going to see live sports, closes theme parks and bans entire families from gathering for thanksgiving using potential covid 19 spread as the reason? Anyone should see that these actions are not right regardless the political party you worship. Are there no rational people who are in law enforcement that this man is out of control and damage he is doing to our lives? If there are any cops reading this you are not his personal militia enforcing whatever he wants. We the tax payers pay your salaries to protect and serve us. So please do your jobs and protect us from this maniac .

  6. When my relatives gather for Thanksgiving this year (about twenty or so from around the Bay Area) we are going to call it a “peaceful riot”. We will not have masks, no social distancing, and it will be indoors. We will have bricks, hammers, and bottles (with wine in them). We won’t be wearing BLM or Defund Police shirts, instead we will wear Defund Welfare and Recall Newsom shirts. Since we are having a “peaceful riot” there should be no problem at all. https://recallgavin2020.com

    1. To complete the guarantee of not catching Covid you need to build a cardboard storefront and stock it with goodies for the kids. Let them loot it and then burn it. This will make for an authentic Democrat sponsored riot.

    1. Perhaps his “strike teams” will be parachuting in from black helicopters to haul granny and the rest of the family off to the Covid Gulag. In Newsoms dreams, in his plans!

  7. Time to hold Thanksgiving protests! Invite families and friends to an outside, socially distanced event where we read our founding documents—and celebrate and protest in defense of the individual rights that are inalienable and protected by our constitution, rights that no dictator in Sacramento can sunder. Freedom of Assembly is a constitutionally protected right—and as BLM protests were just fine, so must be protests in defense of our constitutional rights. Right?!

    Yes, COVID is a serious disease. Yes, we need to take reasonable precautions, including being outside, socially distancing, and wearing masks. Yet in the Land of the Free, these actions must happen voluntarily, and be achieved through persuasion, and not at the point of a gun.

    I sure hope that someone sues him, and that this goes to the US Supreme Court. It’s time our constitutional rights are protected from this authoritarian, China-like tyranny!

  8. I am so glad I moved from California in 1993. No regrets ever. I think everyone who is able should have protests at their city, county or state government offices. Sue the crap out of Herr Newsom and the state of California. Time to stand up and push back on this insanity.
    Good Luck California

  9. I am from the LEFT COAST (some refer to as California) Moved away decades ago and never revealed my origins to the people on the Southeast part of the country where I happily live in a sane enviroment. I am proud to see that there are still some common sense people left out there. (Usually from Northern Cal.) Recall this IDIOT Governer. Make us ex Cali’s proud!

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